Global Village Communication

Global Village Communication Inc. was a leading manufacturer of easy-to-use fax modems and other telecommunications products for Apple's Macintosh platform.[2] It was one of the few manufacturers to support the Mac's RS-422 serial ports without requiring an adapter.[3] Major product lines included the TelePort series of high-speed desktop dial-up modems,[4] and the PowerPort series of internal PowerBook modems,[5] as well as a series of modems that connected to the Mac's ADB port.[6] Many of its products were bundled with the Macintosh Performa series of computers,[7] and it was the manufacturer for the internal modem in the PowerBook 500 series.[8]

Global Village Communication Inc.
Company typePublic[1]
FoundedJune 1989; 35 years ago (1989-06) in Mountain View, California, United States[1]
Defunct2000; 24 years ago (2000)
FateAcquired by Boca Research in 1998; Global Village division sold to Zoom Telephonics in 2000 and dissolved
Number of employees
65 (1992)[1]

The company also produced the OneWorld fax server and the GlobalFax fax software for Macintosh computers, which it bundled with its hardware.[9][10]

Amid a sharp decline in Macintosh sales in the late 1990s,[11] Global Village sold itself to Boca Research in June 1998.[12] Boca Research in turn sold the Global Village division to Zoom Telephonics in 2000.[13]


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  2. ^ Bardes, David (December 1997). "PowerBook PC Card Modems". MacUser. 13 (10). Ziff-Davis: 62–63 – via the Internet Archive.
  3. ^ Kudrna, Joe. "The PowerBook 500 Series Shrine". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Saffo, Paul (July 27, 1990). "Worlds in Collision". Personal Computing. 14 (7). VNU Business Information Services: 53–55 – via ProQuest.
  5. ^ Waters, Crystal (April 1992). "Faxing Power—It's in the Cards". Home Office Computing. 10 (4). Scholastic Inc.: 53–58 – via ProQuest.
  6. ^ Wylie, Margie (April 23, 1990). "Mac ADB Modem Sends Faxes, Tracks Phone Calls". InfoWorld. 12 (17). IDG Publications: 28 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Lee, Lisa (1995). MacWeek Upgrading and Repairing Your Mac. Hayden Books. p. 26. ISBN 9781568302492 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Heid, Jim (1995). Macworld New Complete Mac Handbook. IDG Books Worldwide. p. 768. ISBN 9781568844848 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Anbinder, Mark H. (June 27, 1994). "Duo Owners Get Modem Choice". TidBITS. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017.
  10. ^ Anbinder, Mark H. (July 25, 1994). "The PowerPort/Gold". TidBITS. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017.
  11. ^ Staff writer (March 31, 1998). "Global Village Hangs Up Its Modems". Wired. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on October 4, 2022.
  12. ^ Staff writer (June 19, 1998). "Boca Research finalizes acquisition". Miami Herald. Miami Herald Publishing: C1. Archived from the original on October 4, 2022.
  13. ^ Pounds, Stephen (August 2, 2000). "Boca Research Sells Last Modem Arm". The Palm Beach Post: 10B – via ProQuest.