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Level 3 Unveils Carrier Cloud Voice Solution [Health & Beauty Close - Up]
[May 21, 2013]

Level 3 Unveils Carrier Cloud Voice Solution [Health & Beauty Close - Up]

(Health & Beauty Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced the launch of a Carrier Cloud Voice solution, freeing CLECs, wireless carriers, cable multiple system operators (MSOs) and telcos to focus on growth instead of on building or expanding a voice network.

In a release, the Company said that the new solution enables service providers to simplify their service model and expand revenue from voice services delivered to business and residential broadband subscribers.

"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, a provider of cloud- based voice platforms, Level 3 said that it 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.

"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 SVP 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." The joint solution combines Level 3's Enhanced Local Service and Alianza's cloud-based voice platform, which includes a hardened set of APIs for back-office integration, billing and service management. Utilizing Level 3's established broad U.S. local voice network, VoIP numbering and interconnection platform, and industry relationships, the joint solution provides a complete portfolio of capabilities to serve voice subscribers.

"The next generation voice evolution has proven to be challenging due to network cost and complexity," said 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." Level 3 Communications, Inc. provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers.

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