News Briefs

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 […]

Platinum Equity Gobbles Up Another Telecom Provider

Platinum Equity said Wednesday it has acquired Startec Global Communications for an undisclosed amount. Startec is a facilities-based provider headquartered in Maryland. It sells long-distance services to ethnic markets in the United States and Canada; in fact, the company just launched new Web sites in Russian and Spanish. Startec distributes through channel partners. Startec was […]

Startec: Immigration Provides Opportunity for Agents

As immigrant populations grow in the United States and Canada, the market for selling residential long-distance also is booming. So contends Startec Global Communications, the 17-year old facilities-based carrier headquartered in Rockville, Md. The company has had an agent program in place since 2000 but recently revised its Web site, giving customers online billing and […]

Agency Channel: News Briefs

Posted: 01/2001 News Briefs * Following through on the channel consolidation it announced earlier this year, RSL COM U.S.A. Inc. ( has named Frank Sarotte vice president of agent sales. He will continue in his position as vice president of wholesale carrier services. Sarotte joined RSL COM U.S.A. in April 1998. Prior to that, he […]

Agency Channel: News Briefs

Posted: 11/2000 News Briefs * Excel Communications Inc. (, a subsidiary of Teleglobe Inc. (, a provider of VoIP, data and Internet services, launched an interactive portal during September’s AgENt Conference & Expo. The online provisioning system supports Startec’s agents as well as its Commercial Services Division, established earlier this year to focus on the […]

Agency Channel: News Briefs

Posted: 07/2000 News Briefs RSL COM USA Inc. ( has restructured its agent program to include new training, support and products. The company has consolidated sales and technical training into one program called "RSL University.” Classes will be held centrally as well as in the field. To better support its agents, RSL COM is placing […]

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