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How to Ride the Wireless Wave

In The Graduate, a neighbor tells hero Benjamin Braddock, Theres a great future in plastics. Had the movie been filmed today, Mr. McGuire instead may have uttered, Theres a great future in wireless. While theres little doubt that wireless is the wave of the future, its important to get a grip on the most important […]

Virgo Acquires Billing & OSS World Magazine, Trade Show

Virgo Acquires Billing & OSS World Magazine, Trade Show Virgo Publishing LLC, the publisher of xchange and PHONE+ magazines, said Monday it has acquired the Billing & OSS World trade show and conference and Billing World and OSS Today magazine from TeleStrategies Inc.

Channels On a Collision Course

By Craig Schlagbaum, Level 3 Communications Inc., Vice President of Indirect Channels In July, I attended the 2007 Microsoft Annual Partner Conference. The conference brings together, in one venue, nearly 7,300 Microsoft channel partners from around the country, making it one of the largest indirect channel programs in the world. Microsofts unified communication strategy is […]

What does SOA have to do With it?

Its hard to miss all the hoopla surrounding unified communications, especially since the biggest software powerhouse came in off the sidelines last year. Whats interesting is that unified communications capabilities arent really new, but Microsoft Corp. behind unified communications certainly is. In fact, its presence means so much that even the industrys networking leader, Cisco […]

General Session Offers Whole Truth About VoIP

Todays general session, The Whole Truth About VoIP, will provide Channel Partners Conference & Expo attendees with a soup-to-nuts education on VoIP. Stephen Olejniczak, director of operations at ATI, will begin his presentation by talking about the evolution of VoIP legitimacy and how the technology began as a hobbyist tool to become integral in long-distance […]

Panelists Discuss Building a Unified Front for Communications

Workers on the go, telecommuters, the distributed enterprise and the rise of wireless technologies these are the primary shifts in business today, and they are driving a resurgence of interest in unified communications. Todays panel will talk about the IP-based convergence of e-mail, instant messaging, voice, data, video and conferencing what it is, how to […]

Seven Steps Toward Control

Forgive me for sounding like a self-help book. Thats not my intention. Many of you have spoken to me privately about my recent editorial (February 2007) on carrier commitment and ways that your partner sales organizations are trying to insulate themselves from the inevitable ups and downs of carrier compensation and engagement policies. Many of […]

Does VPN Stand for Very Promising Networks?

That acronym works for veteran service providers when you put MPLS before it a topic that speakers will elaborate on as a managed opportunity in the session, MPLS VPN: Find Out What it Means to You (and Your Customers), held today at 9 a.m. Answering the acronym question is the easy part, but clearly understanding […]

Channel Partners Expo is 10! Get the Party Started!

Not that we are in need of reasons to celebrate, but I am proud to say that we actually do have some very good ones in 2007. The first is that PHONE+ magazine, our host, turns 20 this year. PHONE+ was founded in 1987 for the newly competitive payphone and operator services markets. There were […]

Ericsson Touts HSPA

At a 3GSM World Congress press conference, Ericsson President and CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg said that when Australian operator Telstra launches the worlds first 200 kilometer-range commercial mobile broadband network launches later this week with network downlink speeds of 14.4mbps, high-speed packet access (HSPA) will truly assume its place as the preferred wireless technology for wireless […]

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