Level 3 Announces Wholesale Turnkey Voice Platform

Level 3 Communications has launched the Carrier Cloud Voice solution, a wholesale play aimed at CLECs, wireless carriers, cable MSOs and telcos looking to create or expand voice networks in a virtual operator fashion.

“For communications providers expanding in today’s market, adopting a cloud-based voice platform solution can reduce costs and allow them to concentrate resources around more critical core business activities,” said Cindy Whelan, principal analyst at Current Analysis. “Level 3’s Carrier Cloud Voice solution is an attractive hosted VoIP platform enabling communications providers to accelerate the time to market while avoiding onerous capital investment costs and minimizing the operating costs associated with operating a carrier-grade voice service.”

Through a teaming agreement with Alianza, which offers cloud-based voice platforms, Level 3 is providing a complete outsourced voice solution for service providers that are looking for ways to add voice but avoid significant up-front investment and ongoing operational costs. Established service providers with existing voice services, such as wireless carriers and cable MSOs, can outsource voice network and service management and focus capital and resources on growth strategies.

“The next generation voice evolution has proven to be challenging due to network cost and complexity,” commented Brian Beutler, CEO and co-founder of Alianza. “Working with Level 3, we have developed a complete turnkey solution with break-through economics that provides operators with a clear business case for simplifying voice delivery to their customers.”

The joint solution combines Level 3’s Enhanced Local Service offering and Alianza’s cloud-based voice platform, which includes a hardened set of APIs for back-office integration, billing and service management. Level 3 will contribute its U.S. local voice network, and VoIP numbering and interconnection platform.

“Voice is an important part of many established service bundles, but it is an expensive investment that consumes a lot of internal resources to manage,” said Shaun Andrews, Level 3’s senior vice president of Global Voice Services. “This complete, carrier-grade solution allows service providers to reliably realize the benefits of a cloud-based model. With several key customers already purchasing our joint solution, we know this value proposition resonates in the marketplace.”

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