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COMPTEL CEO: Competitors Must Work on Offensive, Not Defensive, Game

The honeymoon period is over for the new head of the countrys competitive telecommunications industry. Earl Comstock, who was named president and CEO of COMPTEL in June 2005, wants to set a new tone for the organization during his second year as its leader. Rather than just playing defense and going into the next round […]

T-Mobile is Finally 3G-Bound

T-Mobile USA Inc. is packing its bags for advanced wireless services. It today revealed its plans for building out a UMTS/HSDPA broadband network, scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter, go live in 2007 and be completed by 2009, all for the relatively modest price tag of $2.66 billion. T-Mobile was the high bidder in […]

Westcon Helps Resellers Deliver Vendor-Integrated Platforms

Westcon Group Inc. has announced it is engaging its cross-divisional resources to help resellers succeed in delivering platforms that integrate two or more foundation vendors. Each of the group’s divisions, Comstor, Voda One and Westcon, are increasingly leveraging one another’s knowledge base, including recently introduced programs such as ConvergencePoint, SecurityPoint and OneDefense. For example, Voda […]

ESPN Hangs Up on Mobile Venture

ESPN is closing down its much-advertised, sports-themed MVNO, it announced today. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. The MVNO launched less than a year ago to much fanfare, but failed to sign up the numbers of subscribers needed to achieve ROI no […]

Get Smart!

Nokias E61 smartphone Motorolas MotoQ smartphone The Palm Treo 700p from Verizon Wireless The BlackBerry 7130c smartphone from Research in Motion TODAYS SMARTPHONE IS OFTEN described as a cross between a souped-up cell phone and a wireless PDA. From the latest versions of the BlackBerry or Treo (Palm Inc.) devices to Motorolas new MotoQ and […]

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Its a Great Time to Be Big!

I GOT A LIFT OUT OF PHONE+ Editor Khali Hendersons May editorial about politics, policy, megamergers and metal-eating giants. I especially appreciated her comment, Its good to be big right now, because Im the guy who made that remark to her. I believe Khali and I are kindred spirits in many respects, so I could […]

Senate Committee Shoots Down Net Neutrality, States Wireless Rights

The Communications, Consumers Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 will go to the Senate floor without provisions for net neutrality or protection of states rights for defending wireless consumers. The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday wrapped up two days of hearings on the dozens of amendments to the proposed bill. Among its most controversial […]

ROUND TABLE

… On the House Judiciary Committees Telecom and Antitrust Task Force hearing regarding net neutrality … [D]espite how we wish it were otherwise, the market for broadband Internet access is not competitive and … the network operators both domestic and foreign fully intend to extend their market power to restrict consumer choice of content by […]

Unchecked M&A Opens Opportunities for Innovative Companies

THE CURRENT WAVE OF MERGERS and acquisitions (M&A) in the communications industry has grown over the last few years and culminated with the announcement of AT&T Inc.s and BellSouth Corp.s new relationship. Though the financial gains of this deal are far from ideal, the real impact will be on the employee and services front. A […]

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