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> Sipera VoIP security box IPCS 310 is compliant with Avaya's Communication Manager IP telephony software and SIP Enablement Services; and with Nortel's Multimedia Communication Server 5100.

Level 3 buys TelCove; Is it MFS II?

Oracle is not the only one on an acquisition spree. After buying WilTel ($700 million), Progress Telecom ($68.5 million, pending) and ICG Communications ($163 million, pending) over the past six

Vonage thinks it's worth $2.6B

Persuing its IPO dream, VoIP provider Vonage filed papers last week with the SEC that estimate its value at $2.6 billion, placing the company in the same realm as rival Skype, which was bought by

Verizon posts $22.7B sales, Nortel $2.58B loss

Verizon announced today that its wireline business brought in $12.5 billion of the total $22.7 billion in revenue during the first quarter of 2006. The operator reported 541,000 net new broadband

Verizon's VoiceWing undercuts Vonage

Taking a cue from the Vonage IPO and Verizon's 6.9 percent decline in access lines during the first quarter of this year over last year, Verizon has undercut Vonage's Premium Unlimited Plan at

Siemens Com to cut further 1,000 jobs

Siemens will reduce its Com unit's 50,000-strong workforce by another 1,000 as it struggles to find a strategy to fix this troublesome unit. Siemens Com, which makes equipment for fixed and mobile

SPOTLIGHT: 90% of Irish users find VoIP cost effective

Blueface research on Irish VoIP consumers reports some encouraging metrics: 90 percent find VoIP cost effective. Forty-three percent would prefer their telecom bill to be combined with mobile charges

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>, an on-demand call center and IVR provider, will offer a platform to Skype's 94 million users to create voice applications for SMBs.

Vonage partners with Cloud

Vonage, U.K., has teamed up with European WiFi network operator The Cloud. Beginning next month, Vonage customers equipped with WiFi handsets can make VoIP calls from The Cloud's 7,000 WiFi

Will Yahoo deal undercut AT&T long distance?

AT&T and Yahoo have joined forces to provide Yahoo messenger with voice to AT&T Yahoo high-speed Internet subscribers. As a result, AT&T companies will be Yahoo's preferred network

Comcast reports 'Comcastic' quarter

Comcast added a "Comcastic" 211,000 Comcast Digital Voice (CDV) customers during the quarter and reported a 9 percent increase in phone revenue to $191 million, reflecting a $37 million increase

Intel adds VoIP

Chip giant Intel is offering a VoIP add-in board as part of its initiative to sell motherboards and drivers for CounterPath and Skype. The firm is bundling Nvidia products with two of its

Alcatel disappoints investors

Alcatel reported increased revenue of €3.1 billion, up 17.6 percent as compared with the same period last year The company's fixed communications segment revenue increased by 29 percent over

SPOTLIGHT: Redback Revs Up

Redback Networks announced net revenue of $57.9 million for the first quarter of 2006, an increase of 21 percent from the fourth quarter of 2005 and 69 percent over the first quarter of 2005. RBC

C&L: Juniper expands marketing team

Juniper has appointed three people to its marketing team: Steven Wastie, formerly Juniper EMEA VP, Emerging Technologies, is now VP, Enterprise Marketing; Shailesh

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> Ericsson renews a worldwide reseller agreement with Newport Networks for its session border controller, as previously signed with recently-acquired Marconi.

EMI deal sparks Skype music store rumors

Skype, which started out solely as an Internet telephony company, is taking further steps to branch out into the entertainment business. Skype's second deal with a major record label, this time

AOL, Klausner settle patent dispute

AOL has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle a $200 million patent infringement suit brought against it by Klausner Technologies concerning voice mail and VoIP tools. Klausner claimed AOL

Rural phone companies fight back against VoIP

Rural phone companies across the U.S. are using old laws that protect them from competition to stop cable companies from bringing VoIP service to their markets. The result is a collision with new

Sylantro raises $11M

In a very hush-hush fifth round of funding, IP centrex vendor Sylantro Systems rounded up $11 million from previous investors. Sylantro CEO Pete Bonee said the money, which the company was hoping