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Beleaguered MVNO Ampd Mobile Inc. was purchased out of bankruptcy Aug. 1 by Prexar Mobile, a nationwide provider of wireless services operated by USA Telephone, a CLEC. Launched in 2005, Ampd filed for Chapter 11 protection on June 1. Joe Nacchio, Qwest Communications International Inc.s embattled former CEO, was sentenced July 27 to six years […]

NEC Buys Sphere for $42 Million

NEC Corp. has bought unified communications provider Sphere Communications Inc. for $42 million. NEC has its own unified communications division but wanted Sphere for its promising growth and its technology for building new service-oriented software the next evolution in unified communications. Sphere will keep its headquarters in Lincolnshire, Ill. It will be part of NECs […]

Sphere Builds Web Server Into IP PBX

Sphere Communications has built a Web server into its Sphericall IP PBX, and is showcasing the upgrade at the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The enhancement delivers unified communications, and video and Internet/intranet information to new micro-browser-based IP telephones from Polycom and Aastra, as well as integrated IP video phones from […]

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News Briefs ESPN has closed down its much-advertised,sports-themed MVNO. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. ESPN will provide service until the end of the year, refund handset purchases and help customers transfer to a new provider. The MVNO launched less than a […]

NETXUSA Distributes Spheres Sphericall IP PBX

Sphere Communications Inc. recently announced the appointment of NETXUSA Inc. as a master distributor of its Sphericall IP PBX. NETXUSA will provide Sphere’s IP PBX and support services to its VARs and online partners. “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Sphere Communications,” said Tom Boone, CEO at NETXUSA. “Sphere’s powerful IP PBX combined […]

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Global Capacity Group Inc. (GCG), which delivers wholesale network services to carriers and large enterprises, has launched a nationwide telecommunications agent program for its Layer 2 Ethernet service, MPLS VPNs and managed network monitoring services that include CPE. GCG also is offering a 90/10- commission structure with no quota requirements, flexible customer pricing and evergreen […]

VoIP Deployment Has VAR Smelling Like Roses

CASE STUDY:  Reseller ACP installs VoIP for major floral distributor Florexpo is one of the largest fresh-cut flower suppliers for western U.S. retail florists, producing more than 600 million stems annually. That’s a lot of roses. As Florexpo prepared to move its Carlsbad, Calif. headquarters to a new building, the company decided to replace its […]

Sphere, Adtech Appoint Sphere Certified Partner

Sphere Communications and Adtech Global Solutions (AGS), providers of the Sphere Business Communications System (Sphere BCS), on Wednesday announced the appointment of Ambassador Technical Services Inc. (ATSI) as a Sphere Certified Partner. The announcement was made at CompTIA’s Breakaway event being held this week in Florida. Sphere BCS is based on the companys IP PBX […]

ReView Video Distributes Sphere IP PBX, Establishes Partner Programs

Sphere Communications Inc. has named ReView Video, a key partner for Polycom Inc., a master distributor for its Sphericall IP PBX. ReView Video will distribute Sphere’s IP PBX, as well as support services, to VARs throughout North America. The Sphericall IP PBX delivers VoIP, three-way desktop video conferencing, point-and-click call management, text messaging, presence, and […]

Taking Advantage of New Business Models

Google,Yahoo! and a host of other Internet powerhouses have begun to challenge the telephony status quo with their own free VoIP offerings. How will market dynamics change as these companies give away the very voice services that traditional telephone companies sell for profit? Are these VoIP offerings truly free? The Executive Viewpoint: A New Voice […]

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