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AT&T Wireless CEO Retiring

The president and CEO of AT&Ts wireless division, Stan Sigman, said Thursday he is retiring after 42 years with the company. He will be replaced by Ralph de la Vega, a former COO of the wireless unit, effective immediately. Sigman will stay with the company through the end of the year to ensure a smooth […]

SDN Global Unveils GenSat

SDN Global (Booth 705) said it is offering new products designed to address the shortfalls of disaster response. GenSat is designed for companies and municipalities to deliver complete facilities power and communications during events such as hurricanes. GenSat60 is a 60KW unit equipped with high-speed satellite, wireless access, voice services and video surveillance. It utilizes […]

IBM Acquires WebDialogs

IBM said Wednesday it has acquired privately held Web conferencing company WebDialogs Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Billerica, Mass.-based WebDialogs has more than 500,000 users and offers online meeting and collaboration services that combine Web and audio conferencing. IBM said with the acquisition of WebDialogs it is adding a software-as-a-service delivery model to Lotus Sametime […]

NEC Buys Sphere for $42 Million

NEC Corp. has bought unified communications provider Sphere Communications Inc. for $42 million. NEC has its own unified communications division but wanted Sphere for its promising growth and its technology for building new service-oriented software the next evolution in unified communications. Sphere will keep its headquarters in Lincolnshire, Ill. It will be part of NECs […]

Nokia to Restructure

Driven by the convergence of mobile communications and the Internet, Nokia said on Wednesday it will restructure the company as of Jan. 1, 2008. Nokia said it expects the new organization to help it better manage its devices portfolio and get new products on the market, faster. Growing consumer demand for rich, mobile experiences creates […]

QUALCOMM Unit to Use Intec Products

Intec Telecom Systems will provide technology for QUALCOMMs Wireless Business Solutions divisions next-generation billing system, the company said. The QUALCOMM unit will use Intec Convergent Billing and Intec Mediation usage event pre-processing rating/billing and reporting platforms initially to serve domestic market customers and later for international markets. More than 60 carriers and MVNOs in fixed, […]

Westcon Group Unit to Distribute IPcelerate Products

Westcon Group Inc.s Comstor division is distributing IPcelerate Inc.s VoIP business platforms through its VARs. The companies made the announcement on Tuesday. Comstor sells Cisco Systems Inc. products as well as services that work with that vendors offerings. The IPsession and IPstudio application platforms come with services including intelligent dial-out, call recording, and 911 alert […]

Level 3 Completes Acquisition of SAVVIS Unit

Level 3 Communications Inc. has completed its $132.5 million acquisition of the content delivery network (CDN) services business of SAVVIS, Inc. Level 3 acquired network elements, customer contracts and intellectual property used in SAVVIS’s CDN business. The deal was announced late last month. SAVVISs CDN services business is based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and has […]

Level 3 to Acquire SAVVIS Unit

Level 3 Communications Inc. is closing the year with another acquisition. The company said Tuesday it will acquire the content delivery network (CDN) services business of SAVVIS Inc. for $135 million in cash. It is the latest in a line of purchases Level 3 made this year, including Broadwing Corp. for $1.4 billion in October. […]

News Briefs

News Briefs ESPN has closed down its much-advertised,sports-themed MVNO. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. ESPN will provide service until the end of the year, refund handset purchases and help customers transfer to a new provider. The MVNO launched less than a […]

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