Siemens Communications Names New Executive

Siemens Communications Inc. yesterday named Berndt Baumgartl its new president and CEO. Baumgartl succeeds Andy Mattes, who has left the company, and will serve on the Siemens Communications board. Baumgartl joined Siemens AG in Munich, Germany in July of 1986, where he held management positions in the Defense Electronics Group until late 1993. He then […]

FCC Delays Vote on Megamergers until Monday

Unable to clinch full consensus for two looming megamergers, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on Friday kept having to delay the scheduled monthly meeting as he negotiated with commissioners regarding the combinations of SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp., and Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. The FCC finally postponed the meeting until Monday, saying only […]

Qwest Lifts Bid for MCI

Qwest Communications International Inc. on Thursday raised its bid to acquire MCI Inc. and gave the company previously known as WorldCom until Saturday to declare its offer superior over a rival offer from Verizon Communications Inc. The bid valued at $9.7 billion in cash and stock is more than $2 billion higher than what Verizon […]

Making Sense of WiMAX

The future of WiMAX is still up in the air. Certifed product is not expected until the first half of 2005, and mass-produced chipsets are not going to be available to vendors until next summer. So, the question is whether end users and service providers will wait for a wireless technology when they are making […]

Where Did AT&T Go Wrong?

Hindsight is 20-20. However, AT&T has made a series of miscalculations since its divestiture that have landed it in its present precarious circumstances. Further cost-cutting and workforce reductions were announced in October following the company’s high-profile exit from the residential telecommunications market this summer. To an outsider it appears the company’s fundamental mistake was banking […]

Agencies Analyze Payment Strategies, Offer Holiday Sales Tips

Continuing last months focus on master agents compensation levels, T@G talks with several about the payment mixes that are working well with subagents. Read on for some holiday sales strategies, too, for revving up this typically slower sales season, and be sure to click over to this months Expert Eye for an extended discussion of […]

Wholesale Channel:   NextWave Settlement Remains in Limbo

Posted: 2/2002 Wholesale Channel NextWave Settlement Remains in Limbo By Kim Sunderland Mobile telephone companies want a resolution to the lengthy dispute over wireless licenses held by bankrupt NextWave Telecom Inc., just as further involvement by Congress and now the U.S. Supreme Court becomes a heavier cloud hanging in an already overcast sky. “Industry players […]

Teleglobe and Williams in $200 Million, 14,000-MileDeal

Posted: 03/2000 Teleglobe and Williams in $200 Million, 14,000-Mile Deal Teleglobe Inc. (www.teleglobe.com) will buy 14,000 route miles of dark fiber across the United States from Williams Commun-ications Inc. (www.wilcom.com), the Montreal-based carrier has announced. The agreement includes, among other things, collocation space, interim capacity (the use of Williams’ lit fiber) until the dark fiber […]

No Sweat

Posted: 02/1999 No Sweat It all started when I moved. A short move–half a mile within the same local phone exchange. Can I just transfer the phone numbers and services from my old address to my new address around the corner? No sweat, I thought. I called US WEST Inc. well in advance to place […]

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