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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Don’t let the early termination police into your user pool

Posted on by David Rohde

Every telecommunications negotiation is like a little morality play. Both you and the carrier go into it telling yourself that it’s “just business.” Precious notions of “right and wrong” don’t have a place next to the hard realities of negotiating … Continue reading


Vodafone and Verizon Wireless: A difficult history but a better future?

Posted on by Ben Fox

The following is a guest post by TC2 managing director Ben Fox, who is based in London. The relationship between Vodafone and Verizon Wireless is a constant source of interest for TC2′s clients. Many global companies have significant relationships with … Continue reading


Price doubles for Avaya, but it clinches the Nortel buy

Posted on by David Rohde

Nortel Enterprise Solutions is going into the hands of its onetime arch-rival for voice premises equipment, Avaya. That result was assured with Monday morning’s announcement that an auction for the Nortel enterprise unit — a key element of Nortel’s bankruptcy … Continue reading


Report: Deutsche Telekom evaluating a play for Sprint

Posted on by David Rohde

The Telegraph newspaper out of Britain is reporting over the weekend that Deutsche Telekom has hired Deutsche Bank to evaluate a possible acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corporation. This report presents a fascinating set of cross-currents between the likely public discussion … Continue reading


Friday is a red-letter day for Nortel … and the entire PBX industry

Posted on by David Rohde

You may remember that earlier this year, Avaya struck a deal to buy Nortel’s enterprise division out of bankruptcy for $475 million. But the process has always been set up to make Avaya’s offer a “stalking horse.” That means that … Continue reading


T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in Joint Venture

Posted on by Ben Fox

The following is a guest post by TC2 managing director Ben Fox, who is based in London. Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom announced today that they intend to merge their UK mobile operations (T-Mobile and Orange respectively) into a 50:50 owned … Continue reading


USF on MPLS: Don’t let the carriers jump the gun on you

Posted on by David Rohde

In case you haven’t noticed, the federal universal service surcharge is now 12.9%. Think about that. Any interstate rate element that gets hit with the surcharge costs almost 13% more than it would otherwise. Conversely, any interstate rate element that … Continue reading