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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 […]

Furniture Importer Reduces Telephony Costs, Increases Sales With Whaleback CrystalBlue Voice Service

Deployment Fast Facts: The Customer: Sunset Trading, Londonderry, N.H. The Channel Partner: Tel-Net Systems, Salem, N.H. The Technology: Whaleback Systems’ CrystalBlue Voice Service The Payoff: Furniture importer reduces telephony costs 50 percent and increases sales and productivity by transitioning office phone system from legacy TDM PBX to managed premise-based IP PBX. Overview: Sunset Trading is […]

Telcombrokers Acquires Fine Telecom

Telcombrokers of Santa Ana, Calif., has completed the acquisition of the agent base and carrier contracts of Fine Telecommunications Inc., a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based telecom agency, for an undisclosed amount. Telcombrokers has assumed the management of the Fine Telecom subagents and rolled up the Fine Carrier Contracts under Telcombrokers agreements. Randy Fine, president of Fine […]

Independent Channel Utopia

What if agents could design the perfect alternate channel organization? Id like to give it a shot. While Im not presumptive enough to think I will cover all the bases in this article, I hope my comments inspire carriers to make some of these suggestions a reality. Why me? I have been in the telecommunications […]

Global Crossing Changes Channel

Global Crossing Ltd. in late May laid off several employees that supported the companys channel program, according to sources close to the company. The reduction impacted less than five people in executive and support roles; names were not disclosed, but PHONE+ has learned at least two were channel managers. The action touched off rumors that […]

News Briefs

Attorneys for former Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Joe Nacchio have asked a Denver court for an acquittal, a new trial and a change of venue in his insider trading case. Nacchios attorneys said the jury that convicted him on 19 of 42 counts in April was exposed to public attacks on the defendant. A […]

Whaleback Systems Adds Partners

Whaleback Systems said Monday that Tel-Net Systems Inc., Just Results Inc. and Fusion ConneX LLC have joined its partner program The comprehensive channel program is for interconnect VARs, network integrators and IT services companies to accelerate the distribution of Whalebacks CrystalBlue Voice Service. Tel-Net Systems, Just Results Inc. and Fusion ConneX are each telecommunications services […]

Agent Alliance Elects New Board

Comtels Ben Humphreys is the new alliance chairman. The Agent Alliance, a buying consortium and professional association of agents, elected new officers and expanded its executive board for 2007-2008. At its March 4 meeting, concurrent with the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, the group elected Ben Humphreys, president and CEO of Comtel Communications, as its […]

PPL Corp. Sells Telecom Subsidiary

PPL Corp. said Thursday it will sell PPL Telcom, its wholesale subsidiary, to Communications Infrastructure Investments (CII) for approximately $60 million. PPL said it expects net proceeds of $50 million from the transaction. The company had announced earlier this month it wanted to sell PPL Telcom so it could focus on its energy business. CII […]

Telcombrokers Adds to Management Team

Telcombrokers has hired Ed Holt as director of sales to help grow the northern California agent and customer base. His first priority will be growing an agent team with a focus on interconnects and application service providers, Telcombrokers said. Holt has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has been channel […]

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