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VoIP Switch - VoIP Switch: Alianza Tapped to Manage Clearwire's Voice Products and Services

 
December 28, 2011

 


Clearwire (News - Alert) Corporation, a premier provider of 4G wireless broadband services, has signed a four-year, hosted software licensing agreement with Alianza (News - Alert). Under the terms of the new agreement, Alianza will be responsible for managing Clearwire's voice products and services.

Officials said that Alianza will oversee day-to-day voice operations for Clearwire and supply all end-to-end software components of the hosted voice platform, including its switch, application feature server, call rating, CPE provisioning, monitoring, security, and end-user self-support tools.

In a release, Dow Draper, Clearwire senior vice president and general manager of Retail, said, “Alianza's proven expertise and track record in successfully deploying voice-over 4G wireless networks makes this relationship a natural fit for Clearwire. Alianza's one-stop shopping approach to VoIP service delivery is an ideal solution to Clearwire's need for a turn-key, highly scalable, customizable voice platform that provides us with the opportunity to consider new consumer offerings previously unavailable to Clear."

The end-to-end voice platform of Alianza combines all the back-office platform management, product management, and end-user support functions into a single Web-based administrative user interface.

The company’s robust API helps automate numerous administrative functions that traditionally require manual processes. It also helps reduce Clearwire's overall cost of management related to voice services.

"This hosted software agreement is a great move for both Clearwire and Alianza, one that will have near-term and long-term benefits for both companies," observed Diane Myers, directing analyst at Infonetics (News - Alert) Research. "In addition to providing improvements in system management, upfront costs, and overall VoIP profitability, Alianza's cloud-based VoIP delivery platform gives operators the strategic benefit of leveraging best practices from operators across Alianza's customer network in order to accelerate voice services deployments."

In related news, Clearwire and Locus Telecommunications announced a new agreement that will enable Locus to add prepaid 4G mobile broadband service, through Clearwire's 4G networks.


Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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