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Appia Introduces Nationwide MPLS Services

Appia Communications, a leading managed communication and network services provider, today announced the addition of nationwide Multi Protocol Label Switching, or MPLS, services.

MPLS helps multi-site companies and organizations manage their branch-to-branch and remote connections. MPLS enables them to prioritize such time-sensitive applications as voice over IP and video, so that they take precedence over traffic like email and internet browsing, all across a single connection. The addition of MPLS also expands Appia’s network centers to include Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, in addition to existing centers in Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles.

“Appia’s MPLS product is a perfect complement to its current suite of managed services,” says Appia partner Andrew Pryfogle, president of Terrapin Solutions, LLC. “This is a very powerful technology that will save our customers money. The addition of MPLS proves that Appia is committed to being a single source for business-class solutions for our customers.”

“Customers are moving to network-based applications and services. Enterprise-grade quality and performance are therefore becoming more important,” said Victor von Schlegell, president of Appia Communications. “Our commitment to offering our customers choice makes MPLS a natural evolution for our product suite. And our expanded footprint enhances the value of our other services. Business VoIP, SIP trunks, and video conferencing all take advantage of the quality of service and network efficiency that MPLS provides.”

The MPLS offering is available for immediate purchase in all of the lower 48 states.

For more information about Appia, including its full suite of communication and network services, partnership opportunities, customer case studies and more, please visit www.appiaservices.com or call 877-277-4297.

Megapath adds Ethernet over Copper Service in 3.0, 5.0 and 10.0 Mbps

megapathMegaPath has extended the reach of its Business Ethernet service (Ethernet over Copper) throughout 32 markets and over 300 central offices. The Company has also added 3.0 and 5.0 megabits per second (Mbps) options, delivering cost-effective, scalable connectivity for small-to-medium sized businesses. Business Ethernet gives companies the ability to support bandwidth intensive applications and transfer multimedia content and large data files between locations and remote workers.

In March 2009, Dennemeyer & Co, LLC an intellectual property management services, software and consulting company, upgraded its MegaPath T1 service to Business Ethernet. Since the upgrade, Dennemeyer has seen improved performance for its offices across the country and increased reliability for data intensive applications. The end result is increased productivity for Dennemeyer

$60 Million Tranche B Term Loan Add On

level3Level 3 Communications, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Level 3 Financing, Inc., has received commitments from lenders to further increase by $60 million the borrowings under the recently completed $220 million Tranche B Term Loan.

Level 3 Financing will amend its existing senior secured credit facility to increase the Tranche B Term Loan by $60 million. All of the terms and conditions of the Tranche B Term Loan, such as the maturity and interest rate, will remain the same. No changes will be made to any of the restrictive covenants contained in the existing senior secured credit facility.

The expected net proceeds of approximately $60 million will be used for general corporate purposes. Level 3 Financing expects to complete the transaction by mid May, subject to customary closing conditions.

Banc of America Securities LLC is acting as Sole Lead Arranger and Sole Bookrunner. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is acting as counsel to Level 3 and Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP is acting as counsel to Banc of America Securities LLC and Merrill Lynch Capital Corporation.

Level 3 $220 Million Tranche B Term Loan

level3Level 3 Communications, Inc. ( LVLT ) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Level 3 Financing, Inc., has received commitments from lenders to increase the borrowings under its existing $1.4 billion senior secured credit facility through the creation of a $220 million Tranche B Term Loan. Continue reading Level 3 $220 Million Tranche B Term Loan

Phone+ Magazine announces Top Channel Managers & Programs

PHONE+ magazine, a monthly publication of Virgo Publishing LLC for the telecommunications indirect sales channel, today announced the winners in its Top 15 Channel Managers and Top 50 Channel Programs contest. The results are published in the magazine’s first-ever Channel Program Guide special issue, available now at www.phoneplusmag.com/ebooks.

PHONE+ is very proud to honor the Top 15 Channel Managers. These telecom professionals were nominated by master agents, subagents and independent agents. The nominees’ names were placed on a ballot and voted on by PHONE+ readers and supporters. The winners are Jeff Balsewich, TNCI; Hilary Corno, TelePacific Communications; Suzanne Duda, PAETEC; Steve Ferrigno, One Communications; Manny Ferrufino, Qwest; Amir Hojjatnia, TelePacific Communications; David Luther, BCN Solutions Express; Ruth Morford, ACC Business; Mara Nursement, TNCI; Tara Purcell, AT&T; Brian Sheehan, AboveNet; Art Solares, First Communications; Melanie Sunahara, Global Crossing; Dan Szabo, Qwest; and William Tharp, XO Communications.

“PHONE+ is proud to honor these individuals. It is their hard work and dedication that makes the indirect channel a successful and well-oiled machine,” said Mike Saxby, group publisher for PHONE+.

Hundreds of companies submitted their channel program details in hopes of being recognized as a Top 50 Channel Program. Voted on by indirect sales partners, these communications suppliers — carriers, resellers, master agents and manufacturers — provide their agents with that extra something — extra attention, rapid quotes, sales training or special promotions — that makes agents want to do business with them.

PHONE+ congratulates the following Top 50 Channel Programs as selected by its readers: 5 Star Communications, ACC Business, AccuConference, AireSpring Communications, AT&T Inc., Avaya Inc., Bandwave Systems, Broadview Networks, Cavalier Telephone, Comstar Interactive, The Conference Group, Covad Communications, CTI Group (Holdings), Eastern IT Group LLC, Embarq, Excel Telecommunications, Granite Telecommunications, Hughes Network Systems LLC, InterCall, iTEMize Technologies, Level 3 Communications, McGraw Communications, McLeodUSA, MegaPath, MicroCorp Inc., NBS, New Edge Networks, NuVox Communications, Once Communications Corp., PAETEC, Pioneer Telephone, PowerNet Global Communications, Premiere Global Services, Qwest Communications, Samsung BCS, ShoreTel, Speakeasy, Sprint Nextel, TBI, Telarus Inc., Time Warner Cable Business Class, TMC Communications, TNCI, UCN Inc., US Signal Co., USA Digital Communication Inc., Verizon, Wholesale Carrier Services Inc., World Telecom Group, and XO Communications.

“PHONE+ is honored to bestow special recognition upon these standouts. Their support for the indirect channel, and gains in the telecom industry overall, are much appreciated and lauded,” Saxby said.

In addition to recognizing the Top 15 Channel Mangers and the Top 50 Channel Programs, the PHONE+ Channel Program Guide special issue includes articles that focus on the key traits of a successful channel program and master agency, how to sustain a healthy partner relationship, and the anatomy of an agent agreement. For more information, visit www.phoneplusmag.com.

About Virgo Publishing:
Virgo Publishing is a dynamic information services company specializing in communications through print and electronic media, trade shows and special events, education and training, and value-added business services. In general, each print magazine serves as a platform to create communities through the integration of publishing, events and the Web. For information, visit www.vpico.com.

About PHONE+
PHONE+ magazine is the country’s leading publication for communication distribution channels. For more than two decades, PHONE+ has been the undisputed leader in providing news and analysis to alternate distribution channels serving the communications industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services and associated CPE, applications and professional services.

PHONE+ has a companion Web site, www.phoneplusmag.com ; a weekly newsletter, PHONE+Line; an annual buyer’s guide; an annual Source Book and an annual Channel Program Guide; and it hosts regular Webinars.
It also hosts the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, the industry’s only event exclusively for the channel. The spring conference is set for March 10-12 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.channelpartnersconference.com.