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Please discontinue sending PHONE+ to us. While I expect jabs of a political nature (and know the publisher makes a disclaimer about views), I find the Lance Sterling cartoon to be misleading and unfortunate. While personally I do not love any one political party, I would think it best not to be too slanted one […]

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Tom Wheeler Most people would agree that in the past two decades, e-mail has forever changed the way people communicate. However, industry pundit Tom Wheeler might argue that this instantaneous communication was used in its purest form more than a century ago not to mention the shaping effects these early correspondences had on our nations […]

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 […]

Nokia, Siemens Discuss Joint Venture

Nokia and Siemens on Monday outlined their upcoming product portfolio and provided some details of the future Nokia Siemens Network. The companies last year announced a 50-50 joint venture to combine Nokias Networks Business Group and Siemens carrier-related operations into Nokia Siemens Networks. The deal is expected to close sometime this quarter. At the 3GSM […]

And Then… There Were Three

THE $85.8 BILLION DEED has been done and the number of regional Bell companies reduced from four to three. The merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. is not the classic monopoly, but the marketplace is really getting to look much more pre-1984 than ever before, says Bill Collier, co-founder of Oasys Solutions Group, a […]

A Winning Proposition

THE SALES CYCLE IS ALMOST a gauntlet: Between working hard prospecting for new business and finally getting the order, theres a long road fraught with any number of pitfalls. And maybe the most intimidating hurdle is the proposal. Fortunately, more automated and user-friendly tools are coming to the table to help channel partners do their […]

Brian Metherell

What do you get when you cross a surfer, a hockey player, an actor and a philanthropist, and then mix a little telecom biz in? Toshibas Brian Metherell. Brian is vice president and general manager of Toshiba America Information Systems, Telecommunication Systems Division; he provides overall management and strategic direction for the division in the […]

Verizon 2007 Contract Contested

After nearly a year of talks with former MCI and Verizon agents, Verizon Solutions Partner Program (VSPP) executives in November unveiled the companys 2007 contract, which did little to quell the growing chorus of concern surrounding the combination of the two carriers agent programs following their merger. Former MCI agents (fMCI as they are known […]

People Then & Now

THEN: U.S. District Court Judge Harold H. Greene was just a few years past presiding over the antitrust suit that broke up the AT&T monopoly. The case was one of Greenes first after being named to the bench. NOW: Judge Greene, who stopped hearing cases in 1998 and died in 2000, always will be remembered […]

Roy A. Wilkens

THEN: Roy A. Wilkens was president of Williams Telecommunications Co. (WilTel) in 1987 and was beginning to be vindicated for his gutsy decision — as president of Williams Pipeline Co. — to use the company’s gas rights of way for fiber-optic telecommunications. The company would do a brisk business in wholesale capacity and would be […]

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