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Moving from Just VoIP to Convergence

Amid all the hoopla and noise about VoIP, whenever the industry has an opportunity to reflect on the revolution, they always will underscore that it is about IP communication, not just IP voice. IP networks can transport any kind of content. Voice, video, pictures, instant messages, data, application software, music, text all converge here the […]

WiMAXimizing Opportunities

The promise of broadband wireless in the access space finally is being fulfilled by WiMAX, a point-to-multipoint, non-line-of-sight metro broadband wireless access technology built on the 802.16 standard. WiMAX has been hailed as an alternative to landline broadband technologies and as a last-mile option, and while certified products wont be rolling out until the end […]

Alcatel Consolidates North American Partner Program

Alcatel announced in late July a new North America Business Partner Program that consolidates the product lines and resources of three previously separate channel initiatives. The move, which was driven by technology convergence, enables Alcatel to offer its partners a greater breadth of products for delivering end-to-end solutions to customers, says Tom Eggemeier, vice president […]

USA Today: Martin Considering Cable TV Competition Enforcement

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin this week told USA Today he might put into effect a little-known rule in the 1992 Cable Act that would enforce cable TV competition. The provision could give the FCC the power to require cities to let RBOCs compete with cable TV operators. “Several weeks ago I asked the staff to […]

Should You Recommend IP Telephony?

Anyone listening too casually to industry hype for the past few years might have the mistaken belief that implementing an IP telephony system is some sort of holy grail, an answer to a myriad of problems cost savings issues being chief among them. While its true that IP telephony offers impressive benefits for some companies, […]

FCC Creates VoIP E911 Task Force

As VoIP providers inch closer to the November deadline mandating E911 service for Internet calls, the FCC this created a task force on E911 enforcement. Kevin Martin, FCC chairman, said the FCC-NARUC Task Force on VoIP Enhanced 911 enforcement will include staff from the FCC and State Public Utility Commissions. Those members will work with […]

ServerBeach Launches VAR Program

ServerBeach Ltd., a Peer 1 Network Enterprises Inc. company and provider of self-managed hosting, is offering discounts up to 50 percent through its new, four-tier ServerBeach Reseller Program. The discounts apply to the companys dedicated servers; ServerBeach also is waiving some of its setup charges. “The program provides resellers with a dedicated ServerBeach staff member […]

3PV Weathers Hurricane Charley

3PV – Third Party Verification (Booth 316) is showcasing disaster-recovery planning at the CompTel/ASCENT Fall show by using real-life experience gleaned from surviving Hurricane Charley, which ripped through southern and central Florida in August, causing damage with an estimated cost of at least $15 billion. A Category 4 hurricane packs winds in excess of 131 […]

Birch Barks Up the Agent Tree

CLEC Birch Telecom is recommitting itself to the agent channel - this time with a proactive approach that involves beefing up its staff, revamping its contracts and retooling its extranet. The move is part of a global re-evaluation the company undertook at the end of 2003 that resulted in the hiring of Paul Hales to lead […]

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