RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.