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Interesting to note that Focal had about 50% more disconnects then adds in 3Q. This should send out a warning flag. Does any one know why this occured?
Any insights from the peanut gallery...
I commented in haste. Last year's announcement was of T-1 *data* services, not T-1 *voice* services. As for whether the voice element is VoIP or not, that kind of depends on the definition.
They might be encoding it in IP between the customer and the Nortel switch, at which point it gets converted back into PCM. It's still a big nothing, but the critic ought to have all of his facts straight.
2. "This sounds very promising," says i2 Partners LLC analyst Andrei Jezierski. "We believe that the whole bundled thing is a done deal."
3. This is certainly big news for Covad.
4. Unlike many of the larger service providers announcing bundled services these days, the company, which reemerged from bankruptcy last December, has never offered voice services before (see Covad Reorg OK'd ). It plans to take advantage of its expertise as a DSL provider and offer voice services over a DSL connection.
5. Covad claims that the ATM technology in its backbone network will ensure that the sound quality in its voice services is equal to that of standard telephone services. Voice services will be carried over Covad's data network before being connected to the public telephone network.
6. TeleXchange is DSL-based, but Covad says it expects a T1 option to be added sometime next year. The company also expects to expand the customizability of its bundled offering and to launch its TeleSOHO service for small businesses and home offices next year.
7. The company has signed an agreement with Focal Communications to provide the voice service network for TeleXchange.
8. This means minimal risk and capital outlay for Covad, according to Infonetics Research Inc. analyst Kevin Mitchell. "TheyGÇÖre relying on another carrier, so this is not important in terms of big capex spends," he says. "It will really be up to Focal to invest if Covad is successful."
9. The bundled service package will initially be available only in the San Francisco Bay area, but the carrier says it expects to expand geographically into 10 to 15 additional markets next year.
Oh is this a doozy.
1. Hmm. It wouldn't be anything like TeleXtend, which they announced a year ago, would it?
2. I'm sure that's a completely independent opinion, too!
3. Or maybe a re-launch of what they tried to do a year ago themselves, and now are doing again but this time as a reseller of another CLEC's services, which themselves have a big resale component?
4. That's just not true. They announced it a year ago, anyway.
5. Focal Communications is providing the offering, and it's not VoIP. It's running through Nortel voice switches.
6. There is NO distinction between "T-1" and "DSL." All "T-1" services that are provided over copper are transported by a DSL techngology, usually 2B1Q but incresingly TC-PAM.
7. Hey, I bet Convad's making a mint off this ... NOT!!
8. Except the risk of making another announcement that comes to nothing.
9. Funny, that's what they said a year ago.
Come on, Light Reading, couldn't your reporter click to at least a couple of web sites to check it out, or are you completely a press release distribution service these days?