Stories by Michael Martin

Ardent axes sales staff

Just weeks after launching a new service that allows large enterprise customers to prioritize applications traveling over their WANs, Ardent Communications Inc., formerly known as CAIS Internet Inc., laid off about 50 salespeople.

Teligent, Mpower latest providers to run into trouble

The shakeout in the competitive service provider market continued this week with fixed wireless provider Teligent Inc. filing for bankruptcy protection and high-speed Internet and telephony firm Mpower Communications announcing it will exit some markets.

XO, Akamai team up on content delivery

Competitive local exchange carrier XO Communications and content delivery provider Akamai Technologies this week signed strategic agreements designed to boost the reach of Akamai's network and services.

Competitors seek to split Verizon units - again

A group of competitive service providers, headed by AT&T Corp., this week filed a petition with the Virginia State Corporation Commission in an attempt to have the commission order the state's incumbent carrier, Verizon Communications Inc., to separate its wholesale and retail units.

Convergent defaults on financing agreement

Convergent Communications Services Inc., an Englewood, Colorado, service provider, was this week notified by Cisco Systems Inc. that the company is in default of a vendor financing agreement.

Rhythms could put up 'For sale' sign

Just one week after NorthPoint Communications Group Inc. shut down its national DSL network, rival Rhythms NetConnections Inc. last week revealed it is bringing in an investment banker to review its strategic options. Rhythms also announced it would likely have its stock delisted by Nasdaq and that CEO Catherine Hapka was resigning.

Study bullish on VoDSL market

The voice-over-DSL market for small business should grow exponentially from 2001 to 2005, according to a report published by Research First Consulting Inc., a market research and consulting firm that focuses on the telecom industry.

Sprint advances application-hosting effort

Sprint Corp. this week enhanced its application-hosting strategy by unveiling an alliance with Sun Microsystems Inc. and adding a consulting practice that will focus on mobile commerce applications.

DSL Firm Unveils Private Network Service

National broadband provider DSLnetworks Inc. is targeting companies seeking secure, less-expensive WAN connections with its 3PN DSL service announced last week.

Getting a Taste of Management Service

Network World recently broke bread and raised wine goblets with CEOs from three management service providers to glean their most candid insights about the emerging MSP market.

Agiliti Enters Hosted E-Commerce Arena

Application service provider aggregator Agiliti Inc. this week is adding hosted e-commerce applications, designed to allow midsize businesses to quickly set up Web storefronts, to its portfolio.

GlobalCenter Deal Gives Exodus Boost

Web-hosting provider Exodus Communications Inc.'s announced acquisition of competitor GlobalCenter Inc. could boost Exodus' offerings in the managed services arena, according to industry experts.