Covad Communications Company has completed the next phase of its broader network transformation strategy by building out its access portfolio with the introduction of DS3 service for performance-intensive applications and enterprise connectivity, as well as higher-bandwidth bonded T1 offerings up to 12.0 Mbps. Covad has also introduced network-wide Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities to enable partners to layer on value-added services and applications.
“Covad is rapidly evolving its network to create an intelligent broadband services platform that partners can use to expand their offerings, reach more customers, and increase revenues,” said Young-Sae Song, vice president of marketing for Covad Wholesale. “Covad’s application-aware network capabilities allow our partners to customize network performance for specific applications, like VoIP, video conferencing, and software as a service (SaaS).”
In February, Covad completed a nationwide MPLS deployment and network capacity upgrades that included metro optical rings with up to OC-192 (10 Gbps) capacity. Continue reading Covad Increases Bandwidth Offerings upto DS3
The future of Telecom, where are we headed next? That question has been asked by many. Where is the telecommunication market headed over the next decade? The subject was highlighted last week by visionary technology leader Dr Hossein Eslambolchi, Chairman & CEO of 2020 Ventures, who addressed over 50 telecom heads last week in California at the industry leading Next Generation Telecom Summit.
The former CTO of AT&T is well-known throughout the technology world for his bold and futurist ideas. His strategies and implementations during his time at AT&T undoubtedly changed the way the company operate, and by doing this, strategically transformed the future of the network. As the keynote speaker at the summit, his technical presentation focused on the future trends in services and applications that will be implemented over the next decade.
Eslambolchi’s insight into his futuristic world of communication sparked the tone for the rest of the week amongst the industry figureheads. A brutally honest debate lead by Courtney Munroe from IDC, touched on the concept of the consumer, their needs and what they are willing to pay for. Heated discussions and opposing views occurred between Neil Cox, Qwest, Ibrahim Gedeon from Telus, Christian Jorg from The Island Def Jam and Miriam Holzman from FOX mobile, on sharing out revenues created by content between telecom and media companies. It is not surprising that this debate will continue for some considerable time.
Dubbed The Converged Services Summit, technology leaders are recognising the need to interact with each other from every different field within the industry, as each service is inevitably affected by the other. Joining Eslambolchi in discussions were Dan Acton, Virgin Mobile, Paul Frizado, MTS Allstream, Marc Coleman, Comcast, and Matthew Ooman, Sprint Nextel. This esteemed group conversed with technology leaders from Oracle, Canoga Perkins, Brocade, Front Porch and Aricent, about the future of telecoms, and whether these industry moguls can work together to take technology further. Continue reading The Future of Telecom
On June 22, 2009 a group of mostly regional telecom carriers formed a new coalition called NoChokePoints. They are on a mission to get the FCC to reform the fee structure for special access to the large bandwidth pipes mostly owned by incumbent carriers as AT&T and Verizon.
According to NoChokePoints, companies like AT&T and Verizon have misused their powerful presense in large markets by “demanding outrages prices, because they can”.
Maura Corbett, spokeswoman for the NoChokePoints coallition said “Releasing the broadband economy from the chokehold these huge phone companies have on the special access market will be a catalyst for innovation and investment in the broadband marketplace, something we desperately need.
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Clearwire, Intel, Samsung, Sprint Ally to Form WiMAX Industry Patent Pool
To accelerate the widespread adoption and deployment of WiMAX technology and products, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco®, Clearwire, Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and Sprint today announced the formation of the Open Patent Alliance (OPA). The OPA will advance a competitive and open intellectual property rights model, thus stimulating a larger WiMAX industry that supports innovation through broader choice and lower equipment and service costs for WiMAX technology, devices and applications globally.
WiMAX is a 4G, IP-based broadband wireless technology that provides low-cost, multi-megabit speed and greater throughput for the mobile Internet era of video-rich content and bandwidth-intensive applications. It is based on the IEEE 802.16e standard.
To accomplish its goals, the OPA will form a WiMAX patent pool to help participating companies obtain access to patent licenses from patent owners at a predictable cost. Continue reading WiMAX Industry Patent Pool Formed
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.
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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.
When New Jersey’s Prudential Center opens on October 25 with the first of ten concerts by Bon Jovi, the new state-of-the-art arena will have a state-of-the art communications network to match. Taking center stage are a host of new intelligent communications applications from Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services.
Prudential Center, managed by AEG, is the first major sports and entertainment venue in the nation’s top media market in over 25 years. It is the home of the New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University men’s basketball and the New Jersey Ironmen of the MISL. Prudential Center showcases 76 luxury suites, 2,330 club seats, and an array of amenities and conveniences for fans. It will seat 17,500 people for soccer games, 17,625 for hockey games, 18,500 for basketball games and 19,500 for concerts.
To serve the arena and the sports teams it will house, Avaya Platinum BusinessPartner Consultedge Inc. designed a communications solution based on Avaya Communication Manager IP telephony software and a host of powerful intelligent communications applications.
For example, field recruiters and other mobile employees will be able to use Avaya Extension to Cellular to have calls made to their desk phone ring on their cell phone as well