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Telenor, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Tele2 meet to discuss the future of Telecom

The European Telecom industry is one of the most competitive in the world. This has been accredited to the affinity between network operators. With a turnover of approximately EURO 290 billion, the industry is constantly growing, but with growth comes new challenges.

A recent challenge facing the industry is its high-profile loss against the EU, having roaming charges cut by up to 400%. The Telecom Industry is big business, and it continues to grow by stepping up and meeting such challenges head-on. As a result, last week, 50 visionaries from leading incumbents and Mobile Operators joined innovators such as Ericsson, Symantec, Volantis and Front Porch to look into ways of developing efficient processes to reduce costs and pass savings on to the consumer.

Moreton Karlsen Sorby, EVP and COO at Telenor Mobile spoke out during his Keynote address at the recent NGT EU summit.

No Money In Voice

As profits dwindle, telecom giants join forces at the Next Generation Telecom Summit to cash-in on the new 4G world.

The last five years has seen unprecedented change in communications. The European consumer has a plethora of handset choices and packages. The average handset has evolved from the humble voice-box, to the total media centre. As a result thousands of start-up companies are profiting out of the sector

Next Generation Telecoms Summit – The Converged Services Summit

While services are converging in Telecoms, so are the executives that lead the top enterprises. Miriam Holzman, VP of Content Production and Distribution for Fox Mobile Entertainment as well as cross Telco sector giants Bradford Duea, President of Napster, and Tom Saine, CIO of USA Mobility, have all confirmed attendance at the Next Generation Telecoms Summit next month.

The summit, which will be held from June 17th-19th in Marina Del Ray, California, has been organised for the Telecom industry’s thought-leaders to combat the current economic crisis and unite in this unreliable climate.

With its rapidly changing landscape, constant developments, and unique way of making the new seem old in a matter of weeks, the Telecom industry is incredibly fast moving and difficult to keep up with the ever-changing trends.

In an arena where the lines seem to blur between technological vehicles and their method of delivery, it isn’t too often that the people who shape the way we communicate gather in one place to do so the old-fashioned way; in person.

The summit is rightfully being dubbed `The Converged Services Summit,’ as now more than ever, the top leaders from all corners of the field recognize the need to understand how they are affected by each and every other service, especially during the current climate. Amit Singh, Director of IT, Technology Integration and Architecture for Verizon as well as Geoff Loui, SVP of Strategy and Marketing for Hawaiian Telecom represent how vast and committed these industry leaders are to more open communication and better understanding of how the industry will grow together as a unit.

Over 50 other visionaries within the industry are set to attend the summit.
Without the need for any type of mobile, blackberry, iPhone, Skype, or otherwise, it will be fascinating to see what the end result is, when these experts of communication have instant, one-on-one access to each other. If targets are achieved, North America could benefit from potential new business, which in turn will create more jobs and stability, plus cheaper calls for the consumer.

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TA Members Choice Award for Master Agency goes to Telarus

Telarus has been voted the Top Master Agent for 2008 by members of the Telecom Association. The award is the Association’s highest honor and is a direct result of votes cast by all eligible members of TA, including agents, vendors, and VARs – all of whom work full-time in the telecom industry.The TA Member’s Choice Award comes on the heals of the Gold 5-Star designation that Telarus received in the 2008 VARBusiness Magazine Partner Program Guide, a guide that acknowledges the commitment and strength of a vendor’s partner programs for its Channel resellers, IT integrators, and technology consultants.

Adam Edwards, president of Telarus at the 2008 Spring Channel Partners Expo

“I feel like we’ve won the Super Bowl and World Series, all in the span of one week” commented Adam Edwards, president of Telarus. “Many people have asked the secret to our recent success; as though Telarus became successful overnight. The fact is, we’ve been executing on our unique business model for well over 4 years, quietly attracting new partners and finding new customers both online and offline. Likewise, our agents work extremely hard and they are extremely loyal. We work as a team, not individuals, and we reward our team with new technology that allows them to process more orders in less and less time. It’s just that simple.”

Telarus was nominated for the TA Members Choice Award for Top Master Agent for the first time in 2006 and was awarded the President’s Choice Award for Innovation. After another year of double-digit growth, voting members of the Association finally gave Telarus the nod for the Top Master Agent award.

“On behalf of the Telecom Association I’d like to congratulate Telarus and the other candidates for an outstanding vote” added Dan Baldwin, president of the Telecom Association. “Telarus has always been a peculiar entity because they attract business through affiliates and then distribute such leads to their agents – a model many inside the telecom industry thought would never work. Kudos to Telarus for not following the status quo and for becoming the newest winner of the top Master Agent category.”

“Winning this award is a major coup for Telarus” said Lance Akins, VP of Sales. “It shows just how committed we are to our agent’s livelihoods. We really do lose sleep over how to help them become more successful and they return the favor by leveraging our technology to increase their own productivity. We hope that this award will increase public awareness that there is a master agent who can write software, integrate with all of its carriers for real-time quotes, deliver internet leads to its agents, and wire accurate commissions on-time each and every month.”

About the Telecom Association

Originally founded in 1995, TA is a membership organization for telecom agents, channel partners and vendors that provide the telecom and technology business services. Of TA’s 2,000 members, about two-thirds are distributors and the rest are providers. TA collects, creates, publishes and distributes information and content that TA members need or desire to help make their businesses more efficient and profitable. To learn more visit http://www.telecomassociation.com/ or contact Dan Baldwin at 951-245-6877.

About Telarus

Telarus is a premier master agency who’s goal is to make agents more successful than they can be on their own or with any other master agency. Telarus provides is agents tools, automation, superior support, all in an atmosphere of cooperation and ethical community. Telarus drives warm leads to its agents and VARs through its web marketing portals which include: ShopforT1.com, ShopforEthernet.com, VARNetwork.com, and VARPartner.com.

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.