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Local Exchange Carrier (LEC)

Local Exchange Carrier, sometimes ILEC (Incumbent Exchange Carrier). Each market, or LATA, has one particular ILEC that previously provided the ‘traditional’ phone service of delivering physical copper wire to each residence from their CO (Central Office). Today, the LEC more so serves as the party who owns the local trunking/switching infrastructure. In order to deliver calls to a particular area, a CLEC needs to be connected with a LEC (see ICA, LEC) to ultimately deliver the calls.


How is Bandwidth Involved with LECs

Bandwidth operates a CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) that provides some or all of the interstate exchange access services used to send traffic to or from an end user. Bandwidth’s communication services include voice, phone numbers, 9-1-1 access, and messaging.


What are the Benefits of Bandwidth’s Involvement with LEC

Bandwidth has a dedicated LNP (Local Number Portability) team that handles the phone number provisioning that we provide to LECs. Bandwidth has focused on automating the process of looking up phone numbers as well as reporting back on portability. This automation allows businesses to provide their customers with the exact date(s) and time(s) their numbers will move, which in turn leads to greater customer satisfaction.



Where We Talk About LECs

On our site

  • Bandwidth Phone Numbers
  • Bandwidth Voice Services
  • Want Self-Service Telecom? It’s in the Cloud
  • Keep call quality high with these neat tricks!
  • In our downloads

  • Build Vs. Partner – A Decision Guide for LECs Seeking Out of Network Coverage
  • 8 Ways to Trim Your Budget
  • Automate Ordering & Porting Phone Numbers


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    Our lawyers have asked us to remind you that, in the event of any conflict between these defined terms and the defined terms included in any agreement between you and Bandwidth, the agreement controls.

    “Bandwidth” refers to Bandwidth Inc. and/or CLEC, LLC.