Communications services provider United Network Services Inc. today announced it has tapped Stephen John as vice president of sales. In that capacity, he is responsible for growing and managing the UNSi sales team.
John is a 25-year veteran of the communications space, having worked in the cable and telecommunications industries – including a stint as the original founder and primary driver behind the early entrepreneurial success of UNSi when it became one of the largest broadband aggregators in the U.S.
Before returning to UNSi, John served as president and CEO of broadband and video network management system vendor Cheetah Technologies. He’s also been in management at Advanced Telecom and Charter Business Networks.
UNSi services include carrier Ethernet, MPLS, VPLS and broadband aggregation capabilities.
It delivers those services via 18 POPs nationwide, more than 150 NNIs, and its agreements with 2,000 network providers.
As noted in a TMCnet posting yesterday, UNSi is at ITEXPO (News - Alert) Austin this week in Austin, Texas, promoting its Same IP Failover solution, its recent MPLS and VPLS network expansion, and its channel partner program.
Same IP Failover is a business continuity and disaster recovery solution that includes connectivity and a managed appliance. It’s positioned as a more affordable option for enterprise customers that have multiple networks for IP and would otherwise have to implement border gateway protocol to recognize incoming traffic on both their primary and secondary circuits. This latter, do-it-yourself method, the company says, can be a costly and complex endeavor.
In other recent UNSi news, the company in September announced that it has completed major network upgrades. It expanded is Dallas and Denver points of presence into full border gateway interconnects that provide carrier Ethernet, DIA, MPLS and VPLS services. It also built out a full BGI at its newest PoP in St. Louis.
As for the channel program, called the UNSi Channel Partner (News - Alert) Program, it offers various partner levels and commitments, and enables partners to resell the company’s services. The channel program targets agents, large master agents and VARs.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman