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Leap of Faith

Posted: 02/2000 Leap of Faith OLD CARRIERS PUT TRUST IN ATM SWITCHING By Peter Lambert If an incumbent telephone company could improve its trunking network occupancy rate from 60 percent to 90 percent, would it jump from a reliable, hundred-year-old infrastructure to gain that improvement? If a competitive carrier could lower its market-entry costs by […]

Packet Tax Myths and Truths

Posted: 01/2000 Packet Tax Myths and Truths By Charlotte Wolter Every time an ATM network transmits data, it does so in a 53-byte packet called a cell, which includes a five-byte header of routing and payload information. Those five small bytes, the "ATM tax" as its detractors (mostly Internet protocol [IP] partisans) term it, have […]

priceline.com Asks Customers To Name TheirLong Distance Price

Posted: 01/2000 priceline.com Asks Customers To Name Their Long Distance Price By Liz Montalbano Priceline.com (www.priceline.com) customers who have been able to choose their prices for cars, home mortgages and airline tickets soon will be able to add another commodity to their list: international and domestic long distance. A deal announced between priceline.com and Net2Phone […]

Business News – Broadcom Chip Enables Converged Networks

Posted: 10/1999 Broadcom Chip Enables Converged Networks By Charlotte Wolter Broadcom Corp., Irvine, Calif., announced availability of a new switch-on-a-chip, the StrataSwitch, that will do fast switching of data, voice and video in gigabit Ethernet networks. The wire-speed, multilayer switch combines switching, routing and traffic classification in a single integrated circuit (IC) that replaces as […]

SONET Turns Data-Friendly

Posted: 09/1999 SONET Turns Data-Friendly By Charlotte Wolter and Peter Lambert Optical transport technologies rapidly are becoming more friendly to emerging data services, and new data-optimized optical equipment emerging this year also is proving interoperable across various vendor brands, thanks to cooperation among key manufacturers begun last fall. Happily for carriers, vendors also are finding […]

Leveraging Market Fragmentation, Internet Growth

Posted: 09/1999 Leveraging Market Fragmentation, Internet Growth By Paolo Guidi It is clear that two market forces are driving the creation of a next-century business model for global telecommunications providers: (1) The market liberalization sweeping the globe; and (2) The exploding bandwidth requirements of telecommunications and Internet service providers (ISPs) throughout the world. These trends […]

Managing Telecom’s Currency: The CDR

Posted: 09/1999 Managing Telecom’s Currency: The CDR By Byron Middendorf What do the dollar, yen, peso and call detail record (CDR) all have in common? They all are currencies. The currency of the telecom industry is the CDR, which is an accounting record produced by switches to track information about individual calls, including time, duration, […]

Business News – Voice Takes DSL Center Stage at SUPERCOMM ’99

Posted: 08/1999 Voice Takes DSL Center Stage at SUPERCOMM ’99 By Peter Lambert Over the past year, national digital subscriber line (DSL) competitive carriers have established a model for reselling high-speed local transport to Internet service providers (ISPs), enabling the latter to offer Internet access speeds more than 100 times faster than dial-up Internet access. […]

Carrier Channel: Latin America

Posted: 07/1999 Latin America: New Frontier for U.S. Carriers By Judy Reed Smith and Marne Turk Americans are constantly on the move. The pilgrims came on the Mayflower to find a new way of life, the pioneers left the East Coast to find gold and amber waves of grain out West. Thus, it is no […]

Ports for Rent

Posted: 07/1999 Ports for Rent By Ken Branson "I use the word ‘incubator,’ because to me, [switch partitioning] is a product, not a business. We used it to get started ourselves. We’re a carrier; we understand carriers." –Mike Hosley, director of business development, STAR Telecommunications Inc. In the deep, dark recesses of the telco hotel […]

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