News, Voice

TDS expands VoIP reach with Bandwidth

In the news

From CED:

TDS Telecom is pushing its VoIP service for businesses beyond its traditional CLEC footprint by teaming up with vendor Bandwidth.

The expanded service will connect corporate headquarters, branch offices and teleworkers in single or multiple state locations. TDS is using Bandwidth to extend its remote teleworker product, VoIP services and unified communications offerings.

“We have a tremendous amount of customers who want to extend our services to other locations beyond our existing CLEC footprint,” said Jim Butman, group president of Marketing, sales and customer Operations at TDS Telecom. “By working with Bandwidth, we have an opportunity to deliver a nationwide virtual office solution that our users can depend on for voice and 911. We appreciate the scalability and flexibility of Bandwidth’s automation tools which allows our team to spend more time with our customers.”

For TDS administrators, Bandwidth said it automates the entire number selection, provisioning and management process. Bandwidth’s APIs also allow the TDS team to integrate the number management process into the existing service infrastructure.

TDS Telecom is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the United States. The company connects more than a million business and residential lines with high-speed Internet, phone, IP- based business services and TV entertainment services.

“We take great pride in helping innovative companies like TDS Telecom expand their CLEC service offerings and effectively compete on a nationwide scale,” said Steve Leonard, executive vice president for Bandwidth’s business solutions division. “TDS is a great example of a CLEC that recognized the need to fully embrace IP-communications early on. They are now effectively executing a plan to monetize the opportunities that nationwide IP-based coverage provides.”

It’s been a busy year for Telephone and Data Systems. Earlier this month TDS Telecom flipped the switch on its first 1-Gig service offering in Hollis, New Hampshire after announcing in May that it was buying BendBroadband for $262 million.