Broomfield, Colorado – (The Hosting News) – November 30, 2006 – Internet backbone company, Level 3 Communications’ Wholesale Markets Group, will serve as the underlying service provider for Oregon-based cable operator, BendBroadband’s new Business Voice Service offering, to utilize its VoIP Enhanced Local service for small and medium-sized businesses.
BendBroadband Business Phone will include enhanced voicemail, E-911 service and calling features such as caller ID, call waiting and 3-way calling. Amy Tykeson, Chief Executive Officer of BendBroadband explained, ”We are proud to be at the forefront of extending facilities-based, digital phone capabilities to businesses. BendBroadband Business Phone is an affordable and innovative new service with unique features that are not available from traditional providers. Level 3 enables us to deliver the same broad coverage and high level of reliability to businesses that our residential voice customers have come to know and expect. We are delighted to bring true choice to the small business community in Central Oregon.”
Rich DiGeronimo, Vice President and General Manager of cable markets for Level 3 added, ”We believe that the small and medium business market offers a great growth opportunity for BendBroadband — and for all cable operators. Level 3 provides the core voice infrastructure that enables cable providers to quickly and cost-effectively bring dependable voice services to market, and to easily scale their offerings to meet increasing demand from small and medium businesses. We applaud BendBroadband for quickly bringing solutions to small and medium businesses, and we are looking forward to working closely with them on this important new initiative.”
The Level 3 VoIP Enhanced Local service supports BendBroadband’s local, long distance and international voice traffic, providing voice origination, voice termination and directory listings. The service also enables BendBroadband to connect its customers to the public switched telephone network which allows those customers to make calls to anywhere in the world. Level 3’s VoIP Enhanced Local Service Level 3’s VoIP Enhanced Local service provides the essential components required to offer reliable and high-quality local voice service. These components include network trunking, local numbers, local number portability, E-911, operator assistance, directory listings, and directory assistance. The Level 3 VoIP Enhanced Local service also enables Level 3 customers to manage and control end-user features to customize the service for their end-user customer.
Level 3 Communications, Inc., an international communications company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world. Through its customers, Level 3 is the primary provider of Internet connectivity for millions of broadband subscribers. The company provides a comprehensive suite of services over its broadband fiber optic network including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and infrastructure services, colocation services, voice services and voice over IP services. The services are designed to provide building blocks that enable Level 3’s customers to meet growing demands for advanced communications solutions.The principal components offered by Level 3’s (3)VoIP Enhanced Local service include network trunking, local telephone numbers, local number portability, the safety of E-911, operator assistance, caller ID, directory listings, and directory assistance. The service is designed to allow Level 3 customers to retain the flexibility to manage and control end-user features without the difficulties of implementing complex interconnection arrangements.
For more information about Level 3, please visit: www.level3.com.