Powernet Newly Certified by the WBENC as a Women Owned Company

Powernet is pleased to announce it has earned national certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), as a women-owned business.

Founded in 1997,WBENC, is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit and the largest third-party certifier of women-owned businesses. Providing a national standard, in-depth review of the company and on site inspection is a rigorous process for certification that can take up to three months. The procedures put in place are designed to confirm the business is operated, controlled and at least 51% owned by a woman or women.

“This is an exciting time for Powernet to operate with majority women ownership and taking the steps to obtain certification. It’s a great accomplishment especially with few women-owned technology businesses”, said Roberta Stevens, majority owner.

Just meeting the standards for Powernet is not enough. The company has always strived to exceed expectations providing customers with a competitive edge. Growing from a landline-based company to providing Voice, Data and Wi-Fi shows the company’s dedication to making investments in the industry and expanding into new markets.

“We always strive to  provide the best products and services to our customers” said Alli Stevens, CEO. “Being WBENC certified now allows us to better serve our clients by helping them meet their supplier diversity initiatives”.

VoIP Shortage Expected due to Political Campaigns

Wholesale SIP carrier SipTrunks.org is predicting a shortage of VoIP paths and therefor has opened pre-registration for political campaign.

In order to provide campaign teams and political robocall providers with enough capacity, the wholesale VoIP company decided to start working on a first come, first served basis.

“Even though many people don’t like to receive RoboCalls and this type of dialing is heavily regulated and often not allowed, most political organisations are exempt from using the DNC registry. During the last elections, we saw such a high surge in demand for reliable, quality routes that we decided we needed a better system to prioritize whom we sell capacity to and to form partnerships with our downstream carriers in advance so we can handle the volume. That’s why we decided to start our pre-registration for robocalls and campaign teams system”, stated their VP of Carrier Relations.

According to Mr. M. Breeze, the increase in demand often leads to so called routes become “contaminated”, where one carrier sends VoIP calls to another carrier, whom in turn buys from the same carrier the original call originated. This can cause many calls not to complete, or even drop during the conversation.

The 2016 Presidential primary schedule is currently being assembled.

Organasations interested in SipTrunks.org’s pre-registry may go here for more information.

Telesphere selected as one of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona

TelesphereFor the second year in a row, CareerBuilder and Republic Media announced today that Telesphere has earned a spot on the CareerBuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona list. Telesphere is the nation’s leading provider of fully hosted VoIP and unified cloud communications services for businesses.

Top Companies were evaluated and selected based on a combination of overall satisfaction scores from an Employee Engagement Survey, and evaluation from an Employer Questionnaire covering topics related to HR programs, benefits and workplace culture.

Telesphere CEO Clark Peterson stated, “Telesphere is known as a desirable place to work, where the professional environment is highly productive, yet balanced. It’s good to know our employees feel the same. We’re very proud to receive this honor. Early on, we decided to make every employee a shareholder. We believe this pride of ownership contributes greatly to how hard our employees work, and how well they treat customers and each other.”

Peterson adds, “Our ability to attract and retain top talent directly contributes to Telesphere’s consistent growth, profitability, and industry-leading products and solutions. It’s our way of ensuring we always have the brightest and the best on our team.”

Winners were announced at a “Top Companies” breakfast reception June 27th and in a special supplement in the June 29 edition of the Arizona Republic, which can be viewed online at www.TopCompanies.azcentral.com.

Suddenlink Stays Ahead of Subscriber Demand With Device Provisioning and IP Address Management From Incognito Software

Incognito Software, a global provider of broadband software provisioning and service activation solutions, today announced that Suddenlink Communications, one of the largest cable operators in the United States, is using Broadband Command Center and Address Commander from Incognito Software to provision and manage IP addresses for its approximately 1.4 million subscribers. In addition to being able to quickly provision and activate new video, voice and data services on its network, this deployment will also allow Suddenlink to identify and reclaim unused or stale IPv4 IP addresses, while also preparing its network for a gradual migration to IPv6.

As the seventh largest cable operator in the country, Suddenlink offers TV, Internet, phone and other services to its residential and commercial customers. In its ongoing efforts to provide fast, reliable communications, Suddenlink began its search for an automated device provisioning and IP address management solution that could not only accommodate the ever-increasing number of new subscribers and devices being added to its network on a regular basis, but also seamlessly integrate with the company’s existing device monitoring, network troubleshooting, data reporting and other back office systems.

“After a competitive review, we chose Incognito based on its on-site support, ability to customize the solution to our needs, and rapid migration,” said Rodney Lanham, vice president, technical operations at Suddenlink. “We now have the ability to quickly add new subscriber services while also being fully prepared for the increasingly widespread adoption of IPv6, which will keep us one step ahead as our needs – and the needs of our subscribers – continue to evolve.”

With Broadband Command Center from Incognito Software, Suddenlink can now support the latest standards and technologies, including DOCSIS®, PacketCable™, SIP, and IPv6, while also customizing its provisioning based on device type, location, service speed or quality, or other criteria. This increases the speed at which new services can be released, as well as improves the subscriber experience by reducing activation time. The addition of Address Commander from Incognito Software also allows Suddenlink to quickly identify and reclaim unused IPv4 addresses for subscriber devices, while also easily generating new IPv6 ones where needed.

“Analysts estimate that approximately 119 million connected devices will be installed in U.S. homes by 2015, which means that IPv4 addresses are becoming scarcer by the day, making it is no longer possible for service providers to manually track their IP addresses,” said Stephane Bourque, president and CEO of Incognito Software. “Employing an automated device provisioning solution that can also ensure reliable IP address management gives operators like Suddenlink a holistic view of their network to save them both time and money while still keeping their subscribers happy.”

Allworx Introduces PowerFlex

Allworx, a
Windstream company and award-winning developer of Internet Protocol
based (IP) phones systems for businesses making the switch to
bandwidth-based voice infrastructure, today introduced PowerFlex(TM),
its new family of Ethernet switches. PowerFlex is specifically designed
to complement its current product line. The benefits are simplified
installation and added reliability for Allworx customers.

“PowerFlex allows our customers to have a complete Allworx solution
from end-to-end and will improve our customers’ experience by
simplifying installation and support of our systems,” said Chris
Hasenauer, vice president and general manager of Allworx. “Our
customers have been asking us to provide additional products built with
the reliability they have come to know with our existing products.
PowerFlex does exactly that.”

The PowerFlex line consists of three products targeted to match the
Allworx voice server sizes. All switches offer features such as Power
over Ethernet (PoE), 10/100/100 speed, and the capability to
auto-configure when Allworx servers or phones are connected,
eliminating the need for lengthy installations and post installation
troubleshooting.

“We are continuously making additions and enhancements to our product
line to enhance our users’ experience,” said Hasenauer. “PowerFlex
demonstrates that total commitment to our customers.”

Cbeyond’s Executives to Address COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2013 Convention & EXPO

Cbeyond Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY)Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY),
the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced that Brett Burgett, Cbeyond’s vice president, network engineering and planning, will speak at the COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2013 Convention & EXPO taking place Monday, September 23, through Thursday, September 26, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida.

On Tuesday, September 24 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Cbeyond’s senior vice president and general counsel William H. Weber joins Robert W. Quinn of AT&T, Sean Lev of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Ronald A. Brise of the Florida Public Service Commission for a panel entitled “Trials and Tribulations: Next Steps in the Transition to IP”.
Moderated by Joe Gillan of Gillan Associates, panelists will discuss how the FCC can move the industry forward during the transition to IP technology as well as focus on the impact on competition and consumer protection in particular.

On Wednesday, September 25 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Brett Burgett, Cbeyond’s vice president, network engineering and planning, joins panelists from ETC Group LLC, Global Capacity, Neustar and TeliaSonera International Carrier for a panel discussion on “TDM to IP: Preparing Your Business for the Transition”. The panel will explore how the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is evolving from TDM to IP technology, the operational and economic benefits to be gained through VoIP interconnection and transport, and the appropriate sequencing of any future steps related to the signaling systems and databases.

Panelists also will showcase their current successes and approaches in efforts to implement their strategies, with a particular focus on the business issues related to IP-to-IP interconnection of managed networks.

On Thursday, September 26 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Greg Darnell, Cbeyond’s director of ILEC relations joins representatives from Cox, Time Warner Cable, TMI and XO Communications for a panel discussion entitled “VoIP Regulatory Strategies: One Size Does Not Fit All”. The panel will explore the relative merits of alternative regulatory strategies for competing in the telephony/VoIP markets.

“As the first company to build a 100% IP network delivering managed services to small business, Cbeyond has unique insights into the evolution and opportunities presented by IP-to-IP interconnection of managed networks,” said Brett Burgett, Cbeyond’s vice president, network engineering and planning.

Burgett is responsible for the strategic and tactical planning of Cbeyond’s IP Network and Voice infrastructure. His career comprises more than 19 years of management experience in voice, data and wireless networks with companies such as BellSouth, SDN Communications and BroadRiver Communications.

World’s Most Modern Satellite Communications Network Complete

Globalstar, Inc. (OTCBB:GSAT) announced today that all second generation satellites are
now in full commercial service, completing the world’s most modern
satellite communications network. With all satellites in service,
Globalstar has re-emerged as the leader in mobile satellite
communications.

“As the first in the mobile satellite communications industry to
establish a new and modern network, Globalstar is leaps and bounds
ahead of the competition,” says Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of
Globalstar, Inc. “With the most modern network in place, Globalstar
customers will be connected when it matters most, in emergencies, to
continue business, or to connect with a loved one.”

In 2006, Globalstar took the initiative to design, build and launch the
most modern satellite constellation. More than a billion dollars later,
its success can be heard with Globalstar customers experiencing
superior voice quality, connection, ease of use, and length of time to
maintain a call. Duplex service has been fully restored and Globalstar
customers are returning rapidly. In a recent earnings call, Globalstar
reported that new duplex voice and data subscribers doubled in the
second quarter and minutes of use increased 41%.

Globalstar’s new network supports its current lineup of voice, duplex
and simplex data products and services, including its SPOT-branded
consumer products which have initiated more than 2,500 rescues
worldwide. These new satellites have a 15-year design life, doubling
the life span of Globalstar’s earlier satellites.

Globalstar is the only MSS provider using the patented Qualcomm-based
CDMA technology, which provides crystal-clear voice quality from
anywhere within its global footprint. Calls occur with no noticeable
time delays on a network that transmits even a whisper.

Combined with the affordable and award-winning suite of consumer SPOT
retail products, Globalstar offers an extensive lineup of mobile
satellite services that meet the needs of the broadest range of
customers around the globe.

Cbeyond Achieves Cisco Master Service Provider Certification

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY),
the technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs),
announced today that it has achieved the Cisco(R) Master Service
Provider Certification for cloud and managed services. This
certification recognizes Cbeyond as having the capabilities to sell and
deliver cloud and managed services to help accelerate time to market
and time to revenue. Additionally, the certification rewards partners
for their expertise and investments for creating, selling and
delivering cloud and managed services with financial incentives and
go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence.

“Obtaining Cisco Master Service Provider partner status marks yet
another significant milestone for Cbeyond,” said Paul Gies, vice
president, business development at Cbeyond. “The certification is
further validation of the powerful combination of our cloud product
offerings and the Cisco hardware platform. This combination allows
small and mid-sized companies to now utilize the cloud to run their
businesses just as efficiently as much larger enterprise companies.”

The Cisco Master Service Provider Certification is part of the Cisco
Cloud and Managed Services Program, focused on helping partners such as
Cbeyond to envision, build, market, and sell cloud and managed services
with business acceleration tools and services, sales training and the
Cisco Cloud Marketplace to address the varied needs of its customers.
As a Cisco Master Service Provider Certified Partner, Cbeyond will sell
and deliver at least two Cisco Powered services (managed and/or cloud
services with Cisco Powered services designations), built on the IT
Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework, and provide enhanced
management and stewardship practices to its customers.

In addition, Cbeyond has achieved Cisco Powered services designations
in Cloud Services, Cloud Service for Infrastructure as a Service,
Managed Services, MPLS VPN, Metro Ethernet, Managed Services Internet
Service, and Managed IP Trunking.

Cisco Powered services allow customers to connect with confidence to
achieve faster time to value by minimizing technology lifecycle
complexity to reduce cost and risk. Customers also experience assured
performance through superior service, security, and 24/7 support from
Cisco (Nasdaq:CSCO) and its certified partners while taking advantage
of continuous innovation based on open standards and Cisco’s extensive
R&D investment.

Unlimited SIP Termination Testing Ports Offered by Line-Provider.com – Both Dialer Traffic and Call Center SIP Termination Offered

Line-provider.com is celebrating their recent success of terminating over 100 million minutes of call center and dialer traffic per month by offering potential clients a free day of testing their carrier’s SIP termination with unlimited ports.

Line-provider.com is celebrating their recent success of terminating over 100 million minutes of call center and dialer traffic per month by offering potential clients a free day of testing their carrier’s SIP termination with unlimited ports. The company wants to quadruple the number of minutes they are terminating within a few months and are so confident of their dialer and long duration termination routes to the US, that they are willing to pay for a customer’s SIP termination for a day so that they can become confident with the quality and pricing.

Line-provider.com’s VP of carrier relations, Mr. M. Wind stated: “This is an extremely exiting offer for us to make, I don’t believe anyone has ever offered a free day of testing with unlimited ports before. Even customers using 10k ports are welcome to test – that is how confident we are of our routes quality, our customer service, speed of execution and not the least the pricing. We want to terminate at least 73 percent of the traffic from high volume users utilizing a LCR table – and once our NPA/NXX rates are in there, I am sure we will. So in order to prove our quality AND rates, we put our money where our mouth is. Test us for a day, send us all your traffic and we will not charge you for termination. Once you experience our routes and see how much you can save, we are confident our testing clients become long term customers”

Line-provider.com has stated that that only SIP traffic terminating to the United States will qualify for this no-cost testing promotion. While they are aware of taking a risk by terminating traffic for free with this promotion, the company finds it important that customers are able to test the real routes this way. “In our own testing of termination offerings, we have often received a handful of ports on a decent route but as soon as we send real live traffic and scaled up the number of ports, we got put on a lesser quality route. That is why we don’t want to restrict the number of ports our potential clients can use during their test”, Mr. Wind added.

Customers that want to learn more about this offering can visit this link. and register for free.

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