iBasis offers free calling card calls to Japan; WiFi Alliance launches program to ease hot spot use

Wireline news from across the Web:

> iBasis is offering free calls from the U.S. to Japan over its international calling card Pingo through March 31. Release

> VoX Communications, a wholesale cloud-based provider, has developed a video voice mail for the Ojo Vision Digital phone. Release

> Etihad Atheeb Telecom, the Saudi Arabian broadband operator that operates under the "GO Telecom" brand, has tasked ZTE to help it build a metro fiber ring in capital city Riyadh. Article

> Northwest Missouri puts plan in place to expand broadband service to area residents. Article

> Lakeland Communications will leverage Calix's E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for its fiber to the premises (FTTP) deployments in Luck and Milltown, Wis. Release

> Integra Telecom will release its 2010 annual earnings on IntraLinks to holders of its debt, prospective investors, broker-dealers, and securities analysts on Thursday, March 24. Release

And finally ... The WiFi Alliance has hatched a certification program that it believes will make it easier for consumers and business users to access and use public WiFi hot spots. Article