Bandwidth’s nationwide VoIP network and software-driven approach helps HTC provide complete voice services beyond its existing footprint at a fraction of the cost
Raleigh, North Carolina – (BUSINESS WIRE) – April 1, 2015 – Bandwidth, one of the nation’s leading communications companies, today announced that HTC, Inc., the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative and 18th largest telephone company, selected Bandwidth to deliver out-of-network voice to new underserved areas for Bluewave Communications.
HTC was approached by the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation (LREMC), a not-for-profit regional electric utility, to service a portion of Robeson County, North Carolina through a new fiber-based network. The service, delivered as Bluewave Communications and funded by a Broadband Stimulus loan and grant, brings high-speed Internet, data and video to areas in and around a portion of LREMC’s electric service territory.
For the voice component of its new services, HTC chose Bandwidth, the nation’s sixth largest carrier, due to its seamless extension with its existing coverage footprint. By tapping into a simple set of APIs, HTC was able to completely automate the provisioning and porting of phone numbers. Bandwidth also enabled HTC to offer new business and residential customers a complete phone service, including a phone number, a package of minutes, and full 9-1-1 support – delivered at significant savings compared to a traditional voice network.
Due to the HTC, LREMC and Bandwidth arrangement, underserved areas of North Carolina are now connected to the full array of services delivered on a modern fiber network. By partnering with Bandwidth, HTC is able to meet its customers’ demands for phone numbers virtually anywhere in the country. HTC is also well positioned for additional customers, as demand for numbers outside its coverage area continues to grow.
“Bandwidth’s network footprint made it easy for us to seamlessly expand our out of market coverage,” said Brent Groome, Chief Executive-Marketing, Economic, & Strategic Initiatives, HTC, Inc. “Through flexible APIs, we were able to automate the entire number ordering and provisioning process. We’re looking forward to a continued partnership with Bandwidth as we expand into new markets and connect our customers with the best services available, without compromising network reliability.”
“The expansion of VoIP provides a tremendous opportunity for local carriers to grow their user base efficiently and practically,” said Steve Leonard, EVP and General Manager at Bandwidth. “As communications networks modernize and expand to every corner of the country, carriers will continue to see the value VoIP networks provide to grow their businesses effectively.”
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Bandwidth is the business-grade CPaaS company powered by the nation’s largest VoIP network. Bandwidth’s solutions are shaping the future of how we connect—with embedded voice and text for mobile apps and large-scale enterprise level solutions, and a category disrupting WiFi-first mobile phone service. At the core of Bandwidth’s offering are communications APIs that allow companies to launch and scale next generation apps and solutions using the nation’s largest VoIP network. Bandwidth’s APIs provide easy access to phone number provisioning, voice calling, messaging and emergency services, all built atop Bandwidth’s own nationwide network.
HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative. Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 60 years of service to Horry and Georgetown Counties as a local communications leader. HTC offers High Speed Internet, Digital Cable, Digital Wireless, Home Security, local telephone and long distance service, and advanced business services such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), Managed Networks, VOIP Solutions, WiFi Solutions, Firewall and Security services. HTC provides these services utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network.