Thursday, April 14, 2011

Telecom Vendor News For April

Here's the latest news on various Telecom vendors for April .....

1. AboveNet - AboveNet is extending its network features through connections with interconnection services provider Neutral Tandem's Ethernet Exchange network. The first connection will be in New York City at Neutral Tandem's 75 Broad Street location.

2. AireSpring - AireSpring announced the launch of its new MPLS Mesh Multi-Protocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network (MPLS VPN) service. The AireSpring MPLS VPN service offers a better way to connect multiple locations onto a secure corporate network over multiple carriers.

3. AT&T - AT&T announced that it plans to buy T-Mobile, which would lead to the merger of the second- and fourth-largest mobile networks in the country. According to a press release from AT&T, it will pay $39 billion to T-Mobile USA’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom. The deal would give Deutsche Telekom an approximately 8 percent equity stake in AT&T and a representative on the AT&T board of directors.

4. Comcast - Comcast now offers its 100 Megabit per second high-speed Internet service to businesses in its Northern California and Richmond, VA., regions, positioning the DOCSIS 3.0-based services as much faster alternative to telcos' traditional T-1 lines.

5. EarthLink Business - EarthLink Business announced that it has completed the acquisition of STS Telecom, a privately-held business providing voice, data and internet services to small to medium-sized business customers in Florida and Georgia.

6. Level 3

* Level 3 announced it has added ultra-low-latency network routes to Milan and Zurich to its European financial services portfolio. The routes are available from London, Frankfurt, Madrid, New York City and Chicago. The routes further deepen Level 3's commitment to the financial services industry and provide financial exchanges and trading venues with access to all six major European financial centers as well as key U.S. centres over Level 3's international network.

* Level 3 Communications announced an agreement with INTERNEXA, a leading telecommunications carrier with extensive regional coverage with more than 18,000 kilometers of fiber-optic network across seven countries in South America, to expand Level 3's content delivery network (CDN) services to Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru.

7. MegaPath - MegaPath announced that its Hosted Voice and Integrated Voice solutions were selected for the 2010 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year award.

8. NetWolves - NetWolves has launched the company's CostGuard OSS/BSS. NetWolves also moved into Info Directions' private cloud data center in order to leverage the company's SAS 70-hosting environment and comprehensive billing services support.

9. Qwest Communications

* Qwest says it has responded to the enterprise customer’s need to increase business value and improve quality of bandwidth connectivity. The new Qwest Ethernet solution provides what the company calls a highly scalable, highly reliable private-line solution to increase businesses’ efficiency and operational productivity.

* Federal regulators on Friday approved CenturyLink Inc.'s acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc., on the condition that the combined phone company provide cheap broadband Internet access and computers to poor households.

10. Smoothstone - Smoothstone IP Communications announced the launch of the Mobile Connect application for Android phones. Mobile Connect is an app that allows enterprises to extend the reach of their corporate communications services to mobile employees by connecting their mobile phones to the enterprise IP network.

11. Telx

* Telx announced the rollout of an enhanced version of its self-service Web portal for customers of the Telx Ethernet Exchange. The Telx Ethernet Exchange Web portal enables quick, customized management of all aspects of the service, including discovery, order status, upcoming activity and trouble ticket activity -- all in a secure, easy-to-use platform.

* Telx announced that US Signal, a leader in fiber optic network services in the Midwestern region of the United States, has joined the award-winning Telx Ethernet Exchange.

* Telx announced that Pinpoint Network Solutions, a national provider of fiber optic and microwave transport, has joined the award-winning Telx Ethernet Exchange. Deployed within Telx's downtown Chicago data center, Pinpoint plans to leverage the Ethernet Exchange to cost-effectively enhance its Carrier Ethernet offerings and extend it global reach through a single, one-to-many network connection.

12. Time Warner Cable

* Time Warner Cable significantly increased its investment in sales support personnel to provide a more localized sales support approach.

* Time Warner Cable announced several new enhancements to their Business Class Phone product sold through the partner channel. Effective immediately, agents will have access to sell additional calling plans, directory listings, and remote call forwarding previously sold exclusively through their direct/retail channel.

* Time Warner Cable has announced the rollout of an exciting new program that will enable faster turnaround times during the pre-sales and quoting process. This trial program launched to its Master Agents will help you go to market faster when quoting opportunities that fall in one of the TWC 'OnNet' buildings. This change will speed response times to your customers and thereby increase the close ratio of the deals you quote TWC. For more information, please click here.

13. XO Communications

* XO Communications announced the launch of its Platinum Partner Program, offering upgraded support to agents and their customers.

* XO Communications announced an expansion of its metro network across the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, more than doubling its addressable market across the metropolitan area.

* Carl Grivner resigned as CEO of XO Communications.

There are a number of interesting opportunities listed above for any business looking at expanding, updating, or installing a voice/data network. Of particular note are the international ultra-low-latency network routes thru Europe via Level 3, the Telx Ethernet Exchange, cloud services from NetWolves, and Level 3's fiber-optic network across South America. To take advantage of these or any others mentioned above simply ask here:

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