February 26, 2004
UTS adds new software to increase bandwidth
PHILIPSBURG--Subscribers to United Telecommunication Services (UTS) High Speed Wireless Internet could breathe a sigh of relief as of yesterday 5:00pm, after UTS added another 45-Megabit software to its system, increasing the bandwidth capacity for its Internet customers.
Digicel seeks partner for fibre optic line
Steven Jackson, Observer Business Reporter
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Digicel Jamaica is to form a consortium with two or more foreign partners to invest at least US$40 million to lay down fibre optic lines between Miami and the Caribbean - allowing it to eliminate the middle company through which it now routes some of its calls to Jamaica.
February 21, 2004
Atlantic Tele-Network -ANK- Enters Broadband Satellite ISP Market With Caribbean and Latin American Service
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2004--Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc's (AMEX:ANK), wholly owned subsidiary Atlantic Tele-Center, Inc. (ATC), announced today the acquisition of the assets and operations of InterSat LLC, a Miami-based VSAT company. With this move, Atlantic Tele-Network is entering the satellite service arena, with a focus on providing satellite-based Internet, Intranet and VPN solutions to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
The InterSat Miami Teleport is fully operational and already providing service to over 100 VSATs, using the Satmex 5 satellite footprint on Ku-Band. The satellite Hub and VSAT terminals are based on the popular Gilat (Nasdaq:GILTF) platform, which offers considerable flexibility and advanced features including multiple IP addressability, static IP, and VPN capabilities at very competitive pricing.
ATC is launching an aggressive campaign to extend the InterSat market share under the new name of Atlantic Tele-Sat (ATS), Inc. The demand for VSAT services in Latin America and the Caribbean is rapidly rising, and based on several major projects which have already started, ATS expects to add hundreds of new locations by the end of the year, mostly for business, corporate and government applications.
An executive team has been appointed, totaling over 60 years of combined experience in the Latin American and Caribbean telecom market. Patrick Cardozo, as President/CEO, is also President of Newcourt Systems Inc. a Toronto-based VSAT and VoIP company, and was formerly President of Digicom/ATN Haiti, a subsidiary of ATN. Francois Dugue, founded InterSat in Miami, and will continue as VP Sales/COO. Sean Krivatch as Chairman of the new company is also CEO of Atlantic Tele-Center, Inc., a Guyana-based customer service call center operation.
Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. is a telecommunications company with headquarters in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Its principal subsidiary, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Limited, is 80% owned by ATN and is the national telephone service provider in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana for all local, long-distance and international service. ATN owns 100% of Choice Communications, LLC, the largest Internet service provider in the United States Virgin Islands and the only wireless TV provider in the USVI, as well as 100% of Atlantic Tele-Center, Inc., a Web-enabled outsourcing call center in Guyana. ATN also holds a 44% equity investment in Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd., the non-wireline cellular operator in Bermuda using the name "Cellular One."
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Actual results could differ materially from these statements as a result of many factors, including matters discussed in the Company's Form 10-K annual report for the year ended December 31, 2002, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
February 19, 2004
This VoIP Pioneer Likes the FCC's Call
For Net2Phone CEO Stephen Greenberg, the initial hands-off ruling bodes well for future decisions about more complicated issues
To some observers, the Federal Communications Commission's Feb. 12 ruling about voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service doesn't seem so momentous. After all, the decision that calls made from one PC to another without traveling over the traditional phone network are akin to e-mail and thus shouldn't be regulated seemingly touched only the few companies that offer this so-called pure VoIP.
Cingular wins bid for AT&T Wireless
Cingular wins bid for AT&T Wireless
By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MATT RICHTEL
NY Times News Service
One of the most frantic takeover battles in recent times ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning, as a legion of bankers and lawyers for Cingular Wireless scurried on foot through the near-empty streets of midtown Manhattan to hand deliver a $41-billion bid that snatched AT&T Wireless from the hands of Cingular’s rival.
The victory by Cingular over Vodafone of Britain -- whose executives went to sleep in London after having been told that they had won the contest -- will reshape the cutthroat wireless telephone business in the United States.
C&W: Wireless would be too costly
Wednesday 18, February-2004
by Marva Cossy, Barbados Daily Nation
CABLE & WIRELESS (Barbados) does not favour using wireless technology to provide domestic telephone service here.
This was pointed out yesterday by chief engineer Edwin Layne who said given the high level of traffic over local telephone lines, such a service would be unaffordable.
February 13, 2004
Four New Players To Come On Line
Wednesday 11, February-2004
by Ricky Jordan
BY NEXT MONTH, Barbadians will have a choice of four new players in the domestic telephone market.
And by the end of July, international telephone services will be completely liberalised.
Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the Lower House yesterday that Government had received proposals from four companies for licences to operate fixed wireless access services.
February 4, 2004
Dominican Republic's Leading Phone Company, CODETEL, Changes Name to Verizon
Branding Strengthens Verizon's Presence in the Americas and Local Company's Business Leadership
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- CODETEL, the largest telecommunications company in the Dominican Republic, now has a new name -- Verizon. The name change was announced yesterday at the National Theater of Santo Domingo in a ceremony to welcome the Verizon brand to the Dominican Republic. The blue and white colors associated with CODETEL (Compania Dominicana de Telefonos) were replaced with Verizon's red, white and black colors. "Our main objective is to capitalize on the local strengths our customers associate with CODETEL and the global standard of excellence which distinguishes Verizon," said Jorge Ivan Ramirez, president of Verizon in the Dominican Republic. "CODETEL has a long and proud history serving its customers, and this step reinforces our continuing commitment to help our customers make progress every day in everything we do." Verizon Communications owns 100 percent of the company, which is the leading local, long-distance and wireless telephone service provider in the Dominican Republic. "This is a significant step toward strengthening our presence in the Americas and our commitment to build the most respected brand and reputation in the industry," said Daniel C. Petri, president of Verizon International. "The strength of the Verizon brand, combined with CODETEL's reputation for excellent customer service, will deliver an exciting and superb customer experience to the Dominican Republic." Verizon Wireless customers in the United States and wireless customers of the Dominican Republic company can already take advantage of roaming capability between the two countries. The service became active in November. A multi-media advertising campaign will introduce customers in the Dominican Republic to the Verizon brand. Broadcast, print and radio ads will focus on the quality and reliability that characterize Verizon. In addition to the Dominican Republic, Verizon's presence in the Caribbean and in the Americas includes Puerto Rico Telephone, which already uses the Verizon Wireless brand; CANTV in Venezuela; and TELUS in Canada.
A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $68 billion in annual revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Centennial Wireless Selects SS8 Networks to Provide Short Messaging Server Platform
Tuesday February 3, 12:12 pm ET
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- SS8 Networks, a leading developer of signaling and enhanced solutions for the telecommunications industry, announced today that Centennial de Puerto Rico, a division of Centennial Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: CYCL - News), a leading independent wireless service provider, has selected and deployed SS8's ServiceController(TM) 3200 - Short Messaging Server (SMS-C). Centennial has deployed this next generation messaging infrastructure to enable delivery and retrieval of short messages.
Centennial's selection of SS8 followed an extensive research process. As part of the agreement, SS8 customized the service-provisioning interface to provide increased ease of use and functionality for Centennial.
"Short message services are a critical component to our wireless product offering, and the SS8 Networks solution is reliable and presents us with excellent feature capabilities. It has an excellent track record for stability and performance," said Centennial Marketing Vice President Ricardo Espina.
The SS8 ServiceController 3200 - Short Message Server system is available for both GSM and IS-41C systems and provides the full range of international SMSC standard features. The ServiceController 3200 ensures broad compatibility as well as support and allowance of simple enhancements with its advanced database and SS7 transport layer features.
"We are pleased to have been selected by Centennial," said SS8 Networks President and CEO Grant Wakelin. "Our scalable platform simultaneously supports multiple radio technologies along with a high level of reliability, elements which are key differentiators in this market."
About SS8 Networks
SS8 Networks engineers a complete range of signaling solutions and enhanced service applications that enable service providers to profitably operate converged, hybrid networks -- bridging PSTN and IP capabilities. The company's carrier-class products allow network operators to optimize their investment in traditional, legacy networks and seamlessly transition to next- generation networks. The company headquarters is located in San Jose, California. More information is available on the SS8 Networks Web site at www.SS8.com .
About Centennial Communications Corp.
Centennial is one of the largest independent wireless telecommunications service providers in the United States and the Caribbean with approximately 17.1 million Net Pops and approximately 929,700 wireless subscribers. Centennial's United States operations have approximately 6.0 million Net Pops in small cities and rural areas. Centennial's Caribbean integrated communications operation owns and operates wireless licenses for approximately 11.1 million Net Pops in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and provides voice, data, video and Internet services on broadband networks in the region. Welsh, Carson Anderson & Stowe and an affiliate of the Blackstone Group are controlling shareholders of Centennial. For more information regarding Centennial, please visit our Web sites atwww.centennialcom.com and www.centennialpr.com .
February 2, 2004
AT&T has high hopes for the C’bean
AS Barbadians continue to acquire mobile phones now on offer by AT&T Wireless (Barbados), a senior official of that company is making it clear that the mobile carrier intends to become a major player in the Caribbean.
The pledge has come from Kim Whitehead, manager of AT&T Wireless (Barbados).
She said that AT&T Wireless already had several operations across the Caribbean, including Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica (to be launched soon), and Cayman Islands. In addition, they are looking at other properties in the Caribbean.
“So the strategy is to have a significant presence in the Caribbean to ensure we have critical mass and we will be looking at every opportunity there,” she said.