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Delivering a High-Performance Network Run by High-Performance People: Preparing Communities and Businesses for the Future

Website Hosting Review interview with Todd Foje, CEO, Great Plains Communications

By Contributing Editor Michael Egan

Todd Foje is Chief Executive Officer of Great Plains Communications, the largest privately-owned telecommunications provider in Nebraska. The company delivers high speed internet, cable television and voice services to over 90 communities throughout the state, and at the core of its service offering is an extensive 9,500-mile regional fiber network, including over 400 fiber miles in the Omaha Metro area. As a certified public accountant and attorney, Todd has a BSBA degree from Creighton University, a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University and a Masters of Law in Taxation (LLM) degree from Georgetown University. In addition to serving as CEO of Great Plains, he also serves as CEO of certain affiliates.

With ITW 2019 under his belt, Todd sat down with Website Hosting Review to talk about the company, discuss how they’re keeping pace with the greater industry and give us insights into what they achieved at this year’s event.

Website Hosting Review, Michael Egan (DCP-ME) Question: What does Great Plains Communications  do and what problems are you solving?

Great Plains Communications, Todd Foje (GPC-TF) Answer: Great Plains Communications has over a century of experience providing telecommunications services to more than 90 communities across Nebraska. We offer business services, including traditional and cloud-based voice, data and network installation, as well as support services like managed Ethernet. In addition, the company provides wholesale and network transport services over our 9,500-mile regional fiber network, which is monitored and maintained from our Network Operations Center in Blair, Nebraska.

In today’s digital world, there is an ever-increasing need for more bandwidth, and the demand will continue to increase as technology advances and consumers look for always-on connectivity. We want to bridge that gap by continuously investing in our network to create fully scalable, unique routes that not only position our company and our clients to be successful today, but also to be prepared to meet future demands. We build our network to be ready for tomorrow.

DCP-ME Q: What do you attribute to Great Plains Communications’ success?

GPC-TF A: We provide our customers a high-performing network run by high-performing people. We build our network with a high level of redundancy and diversity to ensure our customers do not experience a hard down time. Our unique routes help carriers reliably connect and reach customers on regional, national and international levels. We also offer a unique level of personalized service. Our clients work with one team from design to turn up to maintenance to achieve their communication goals.

DCP-ME Q: That sounds like an attractive value proposition. Tell us, what milestones did you achieve in the past year and how will these developments help Great Plains Communications keep up with the demands of the quickly growing and ever-changing telecommunications industry?

GPC-TF A: During the past year we were acquired by Grain Management, a private equity firm focused on the telecommunications industry. This provides us with the capital we need, from an experienced telecom partner, to grow strategically to meet the ever-changing needs of bandwidth demand and advancing industry and technology trends. Their expertise, coupled with our century of experience, will help us grow our network to the next level and will in turn help us meet and exceed our clients’ goals.

DCP-ME Q: What are you most looking forward to accomplishing over the next year? The next 3-5 years?

GPC-TF A: Over the next year, we will complete our acquisition of InterCarrier Networks (ICN) and continue to improve and expand our network into the markets of Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. In Kentucky we will begin construction on two much-needed diverse fiber routes that will help provide more opportunity to area businesses, wireless and wholesale customers in these currently underserved areas. We will also continue to expand our offerings in the Nebraska area, where we will be extending our footprint deeper into Omaha, Fremont, and Columbus.

In the next 3-5 years we will continue to grow organically in our current markets, as well as in those we are acquiring with ICN. Additionally, we will continue to use the expertise and analytical approach of our partners at Grain Management to acquire additional companies and expand organically where it makes sense. We also expect that the needs of our current customers will take us to new places in terms of ongoing upgrades in our network and to new geographies.

DCP-ME Q: What do you think is the greatest challenge in the industry and how are you working to overcome it?

GPC-TF A: The greatest challenge will be continuing to meet the need for bandwidth and ensuring we have the innovative products and services in place. We have added key members to our team this year, including Josephine Bernson, Chief Revenue Officer, Mark Boulay, Vice President of Enterprise Services, and Bryce Miller, Products Manager. These new experts join our already highly-experienced leadership team, working strategically and continuing to identify and meet the needs of our clients.

DCP-ME Q: What did you accomplish at ITW 2019?

GPC-TF A: At ITW 2019, we touched base with our current clients, and we developed new relationships and educated the industry on our capabilities and our ever-expanding network. It’s a great venue to ensure we understand the needs of our clients, and it also allowed us to monitor trends and happenings in the industry.

DCP-ME Q: Thanks so much Todd for all the great info, we look forward to seeing what Great Plains Communications accomplishes. To learn more about the company and its services, please visit www.gpcom.com.

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Kosc Telecom: Helping Customers Drive Business into the Digital Era

Website Hosting Review interview with Antoine Fournier, CEO Kosc Telecom

By Managing Editor Ilissa Miller

Antoine Fournier is CEO of Kosc Telecom, the French wholesale-only CaaS provider. Since Kosc’s creation, he has driven a new vision with Connectivity as a Service, now a reality for carriers with connectivity needs in France.

At 41 years old, Antoine has developed a strong knowledge of the telecom industry through his previous experience. He was Director in Regulatory Affairs for Strategy and Economics at Colt Technology Services Group and Partner at Tera Consultants where he began his career. Antoine climbed the ranks within the international economic consulting firm while completing on an average of 20 missions a year, both in France and abroad. His telecommunication expertise was called upon to handle deployment or regulatory issues.

With ITW 2019 approaching soon, we sat down to chat with Antoine about how Kosc solves its clients’ problems and what’s on the horizon for the company.

Website Hosting Review, Ilissa Miller (DCP-IM) Question: What does Kosc Telecom do and what problems are you solving for your clients?

Antoine Fournier, CEO Kosc Telecom (KT-AF) Answer: Kosc Telecom is a French wholesale-only CaaS provider. In other words, we provide nationwide local access solutions in France to carriers with real-time management tools. Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) is a whole new way of delivering value to our customers and is at the core of our strategy. This is a big undertaking – but thanks to a fully integrated and automated platform available through UI & APIs, we can offer this Connectivity as a Service solution. Simply put, we have virtualised our network for our customers and they can orchestrate all their connectivity services, from eligibility check to ticketing, within the same simple user interface. Our motto is to help our customers drive their business into the digital era!

DCP-IM Q: What milestones did Kosc Telecom achieve in the past year and how will these developments help your company keep up with the demands of the quickly growing and ever-changing telecommunications industry?

KT-AF A: In three years, we have fulfilled our promises by building the first Connectivity as a Service offer in France. We have based it on three pillars: a comprehensive portfolio, an extensive nationwide network supported by an efficient and automated platform.

Firstly, through our complete portfolio, we are now providing high and very high-speed connectivity:

  • At an affordable price with our Best-Effort line (Broadband Max & Best-Effort Fibre)
  • With the best SLAs with our E-Access MEF1 line (EFM2 & E-Access Fibre)

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E-Access MEF products (MEF standards-compliant) guarantees: symmetrical bandwidth at the highest speed; the highest level of security and confidentiality through a dedicated physical interface; and the highest service availability with a 4-hour guaranteed restoration time.

Secondly, in respect of our network, we are now offering the most comprehensive wholesale-only coverage with 100% of French addresses available. Among these addresses, 80% are available on-net.

Lastly, thanks to our CaaS solution, we enable connectivity on-demand and allow our clients to experience a seamless customer journey. Indeed, they can launch service eligibility, obtain quotes, submit, track and change their orders, check health status on their existing services and log trouble tickets, all within the same integrated user interface, available for all of Kosc’s broadband and fibre services.

DCP-IM Q: What are you most looking forward to accomplishing over the next year? 

KT-AF A: One of our strategic priorities for next year and the coming ones is to keep extending our on-net coverage. We started in 2016 with 15 million DSL lines, we are now offering 7 million E-Access Fibre lines and 8 million Best-Effort Fibre lines. By the end of 2019, we expect to exceed 10 million E-Access Fibre and 12 million Best-Effort Fibre lines. And we’ll keep up with that trend, in line with the French National Broadband Plan.

DCP-IM Q: What do you think is the greatest challenge in the industry and how are you working to overcome it?

KT-AF A: Automation, definitely! In this digital era, our industry must transform itself to become agile and customer centric. No one can sell digital transformation to its customers, if one hasn’t been through this transformation!

We first started to design our own core IT stack from scratch, and then we built our network around this digital platform, forming our CaaS solution as a result. This enables Kosc to offer innovative services to the wholesale business market that are reliable, transparent and easy to use. Fast and easy touch points deliver best customer return on experience.

DCP-IM Q: What would you like to accomplish at ITW 2019?

KT-AF A: Kosc Telecom is more ready than ever to provide new business opportunities to global carriers in France. That is why we are thrilled to be part of ITW 2019! We have a complete portfolio, that matches global carrier needs, thanks to the first wholesale-only coverage in France and a unique CaaS solution. Icing on the cake: a great team who understands the need for simplicity, speed and flexibility required by network on demand. So, we’d like to spread the word to all global carriers that have connectivity needs in France: why not improve your supplier portfolio by choosing the French wholesale-only CaaS provider?

DCP-IM Q: Thanks so much for sharing insights about Kosc Telecom with our readers chatting with us, Antoine. Antoine and the Kosc Telecom team will be attending ITW 2019 in Atlanta from June 23-26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Marquis hotels. For more information about Kosc, please visit https://www.kosc-telecom.fr/en/. 

About Kosc

Established in March 2016, Kosc Telecom is the French wholesale-only CaaS provider. CaaS – Connectivity as a Service – is a whole new way of helping our customers grow their business. Thanks to our fully integrated, automated and unique CaaS solution (available through UI & APIs), global carriers can get access to the most comprehensive wholesale coverage in France and orchestrate their services from start to finish. With an infrastructure connecting over 200 cities nationwide, Kosc Telecom is now paving the way for fibre migration.

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Leveraging Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Telcos to Do More with Less to Drive Technology Innovation

Website Hosting Review Interview with Arnd Baranowski, CEO, Oculeus

By Contributing Editor Sarah Chamberlain

Arnd Baranowski is the CEO of Oculeus GmbH, a leading provider of innovative OSS/BSS solutions for telecommunications service providers and network operators and other providers of voice and SMS services. Oculeus’ systems portfolio includes the company’s flagship Captura solution, a wholesale, routing, operations and billing system for managing a service provider’s interconnect business for voice and SMS. Oculeus also offers complete systems for fraud protection, network quality monitoring and dispute management, which can be deployed individually or as bundled solutions. Oculeus has been serving customers since 2004 as a technology partner and strategic vendor. Oculeus is a German GmbH company with offices in Germany and the United States. For more information, please visit www.oculeus.com.

Arnd brings over 30 years of technical and software development experience, initially in the military, and a successful track record of developing database solutions for Commercial and Telecom applications.

Website Hosting Review recently had the opportunity to speak with Arnd and discuss how the company is evolving and what challenges are coming next prior to their participation at the ITW 2019 global event taking place in Atlanta, GA from June 23-26, 2019..

Website Hosting Review, Sarah Chamberlain (DCP-SC) Question:  In your own words, can you please describe what Oculeus does and what problems are you solving?

Oculeus, Arnd Baranowski (O-AB) Answer: Oculeus provides software-based solutions that enable providers of voice and messaging communications services to efficiently manage their businesses and network operations. Our technology and product offerings create an intelligent framework for our service provider and network operator customers to automate their operations and, as such, replace previous processes that often involved manual input. For example, in the inter-carrier space, we have a number of customers that manage their entire businesses with nothing more than our software and a few switches.

The theme of allowing telcos to do more with less is driving technology innovations in this market. All of our customers, from Tier 1 telcos to smaller OTT players can certainly attest to the fact that our software and technology are helping them achieve more results with less resources.

DCP-SC Q: What do you attribute to Oculeus’ success?

O-AB A: We have a highly efficient company structure that allows us to develop and bring to market innovative technologies and products that our target market needs. I am proud to say that we have a highly talented team across all the departments in our organization. Our staff is a huge part of the ongoing growth and success of our company. Another important fact is that we have developed excellent partnership style relationships with all of our customers.

DCP-SC Q: What milestones did Oculeus achieve in the past year and how will these developments help your company keep up with the demands of the quickly growing and ever-changing telecommunications industry?

O-AB A: We recently launched a significant new telecoms fraud protection offering. This offering, which we call Oculeus-Protect, is a cloud-based service that identifies, confirms and blocks fraudulent call attempts and telecommunications traffic in real-time.

Our Oculeus-Protect service is targeted at enterprises to protect their communications networks against PBX hacking and toll fraud attacks. You could say that Oculeus-Protect acts as an insurance policy against telecoms fraud and the underperforming fraud management practices of most telcos.

The need for Oculeus-Protect is clear and the demand that we are experiencing for the service since we launched it in a number of months ago is strong.

DCP-SC Q: What are you most looking forward to accomplishing over the next year? The next 3-5 years?

O-AB A: Telcos are constantly looking for new sources of revenue. With this in mind, cloud services for enterprises customers is an area that many telcos have targeted for expansion. In this area, our Oculeus-Protect service also has a number of interesting implications for telcos.

Oculeus-Protect and the automated framework that it creates for protecting against telecoms fraud can serve as the base for an important new cloud service that telcos can offer their enterprise customers.

Yes, telcos, who have been plagued for many years with a poor reputation for fighting telecoms fraud, can actually begin generating revenue from preventing telecoms fraud with our Oculeus-Protect service.

DCP-SC Q: What do you think is the greatest challenge in the industry and how are you working to overcome it?

O-AB A: As a technology vendor, our challenge is to constantly bring to market new technologies and innovations that offer significant and tangible value to service providers and network operators. The last thing a telco needs is another system to manage. Telcos want to hear about the benefits of technology that will facilitate earning new revenue or reduce operational complexity.

DCP-SC Q: What new developments are on the horizon for Oculeus?

O-AB A: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an area that we have been recently working on incorporating into our technologies and products. AI is certainly not a buzz word, but rather a tangible concept that is increasing the value of our product offerings to our telco customers.

For example, AI is being applied in our telecoms fraud protection solutions to automate the profiling of communications traffic and monitoring for exceptions to the expected baseline. AI allows our telecoms fraud protection systems to understand new patterns of telecoms fraud and independently build new sets of rules for taking action against fraudulent call attempts and communications traffic. In our Captura system for managing wholesale voice operations AI is also being applied to automate processes that previously required manual input.

DCP-SC Q: What are you hoping to accomplish at ITW 2019?

O-AB A: For us, ITW is one of the most important events in the telecoms space, especially in North America. ITW 2019 is an excellent opportunity for Oculeus to interact with the most important names in the telecommunications industry and showcase our innovations on a large stage.

DCP-SC Q: Thank you so much for chatting with us. Arndt and the Oculeus team will be attending ITW 2019 in Atlanta from June 23-26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Marquis hotels.

To learn more about Oculeus, please visit https://www.oculeus.com/index.html.

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Buying and Selling IPv4 Addresses – Part II: Today and Tomorrow

As previously discussed in part one of this series, IPv6 hasn’t quite made the giant splash throughout the enterprise landscape that many expected. Now, don’t get me wrong, IPv6 still plays a major role in the IT space. In the world of telecommunications, IPv6 is a key enabler of next generation technologies and communication strategies, as carrier networks, ISPs, and mobile networks roll out the new protocol across their networks. That said, enterprises, both global and domestic, haven’t been so quick to adopt this burgeoning technology; but that doesn’t mean things aren’t changing.

The Three Stages of Supply

Having been in this industry for many years, at IPv4.Global, we have identified three distinct stages of supply within the IPv4 procurement space. Like mining, the first phase was easily accessible from the surface. Large blocks of allocated IPs which, in many cases, had never been used, were easy for firms to sell as they had no other use value. The second phase, which defines the current market, involves more effort on the part of the seller to re-number and re-architect their networks to free up space. In this instance, the return is often worth the investment.

In the third phase, we’ll see companies being acquired for their IPv4 assets. Some small ISP and hosting companies will find themselves in this position at some point above current prices. This third phase occurs when sellers begin shutting off IPv4 completely, as opposed to learning how to use it more efficiently. We don’t believe we are there yet in a meaningful way, and given the long-term investment focus of our buyers, we believe phase three is many years away.

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NEDAS Advisory Council Profile Series: Dennis Burns

Originally posted to TelecomNewsroom

Last week, we began a series about the NEDAS Advisory Council, a team of experts from across the telecommunications industry leading the grassroots association in their goal of promoting collaboration and education at the intersection of wireless and wireline. To get a more in-depth look at the council members supporting this mission, we began by acquainting you with Aubrey Blosser. This week we introduce the next council member: Dennis Burns, Business Development Manager at Advanced RF Technologies, Inc.

Dennis leverages over 25 years of experience in developing both direct and indirect new business strategies within the wireless industry, exhibiting particular finesse with public safety communications. As a Business Development Manager at ADRF, he is in charge of developing and driving sales revenue from carrier, enterprise, distributors, system integrators and more throughout the northeast and mid-atlantic. Dennis’s extensive talents across the industry and keen skill in developing successful business strategies, combined with his inventive, self-motivated and results-oriented approach, make him a fantastic addition to the NEDAS leadership team.

To read the full article please click here.

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CloudFlare Joins TELEHOUSE’s LAIIX and NYIIX EXCHANGES

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Originally posted to TelecomNewsroom,

TELEHOUSE announced this week that CloudFlare will join its Los Angeles and New York International Internet Exchanges (NYIIX and LAIIX).

CloudFlare – a global content delivery network and Web security provider – accelerates and protects more than 4 million websites. Its global network spans 45 countries and 86 cities.

Why is CloudFlare partnering with TELEHOUSE? As CloudFlare Head of Infrastructure Nitin Rao explained following the announcement, TELEHOUSE will help CloudFlare take its global network presence to the next level.

To read the full article please click here.

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BridgeVoice CEO, Bankim Brahmbhatt, Discusses the Company’s New Online Funding-Bidding-Earning Portal

Website Hosting Review recently spoke with BridgeVoice CEO Bankim Brahmbhatt regarding the latest news from the company, as well as its current position within the marketplace.  An integral subsidiary of Bankai Group, BridgeVoice is an online platform for bidding, trading and settlement of wholesale interconnect voice and SMS services, as well as a global leader in offering retail and wholesale VoIP termination services.

Website Hosting Review, Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question: How does BridgeVoice implement the latest technologies in international voice operations?

BRIDGEVOICE, Bankim Brahmbhatt (BRIDGEVOICE-BB) Answer: Being a technology company, we have four product lines – Unified Communications, Switching, Complete Billing, and a Mobile Commerce Platform. Starting from the legacy approach to business, our new automated technique of offering services to carriers and operators is accessible virtually anywhere by way of cloud technology. This type of service will provide carriers, operators and MVNOs with more than technology-as-a-service – it will provide end-to-end voice, SMS and data services.

Our prime focus is on making our technology and services agile. As testament to our belief in these offerings, BridgeVoice itself utilizes this technology for our own business, and the satisfaction of our customers speaks for itself.

(DCP-KX) Q: What differentiates BridgeVoice from other similar companies in the industry?

(BRIDGEVOICE-BB) A: BridgeVoice is a subsidiary of Bankai Group, which consists of two verticals: telecom technology and carrier business. We formed BridgeVoice in 2008 to act as a retail organization, however, with extensive experience in providing wholesale voice services, we gained an understanding of the challenges that operators, carriers and even retailers experience. Using this knowledge, the BridgeVoice portal was specifically developed to address these issues and improve users’ experience by way of  the smart convergence of online funding-bidding-earning within our portal. This technology saves the operators from the hassles of funding their customers, saving them money over time.

(DCP-KX) Q: What new developments are in store for BridgeVoice?

(BRIDGEVOICE-BB) A: Starting with voice services through an automated carrier portal, we will also provide hosting services for SMS and Unified Communications (UC) customers in the near future. However, while we are very excited about that development, our biggest pending achievement will be the ability to offer real-time settlements through financial institutions.

We have big plans for next five years years to convert this business from a $325 million to $1 billion company while provisioning for future innovative services. BridgeVoice shortens the distance between subscribers and operators and reduces operational costs, making their businesses more profitable and effective.

(DCP-KX) Q: What was your experience like at ITW 2016 with the launch of BridgeVoice?

(BRIDGEVOICE-BB) A: ITW was the best place to launch BridgeVoice; we couldn’t have chosen a better platform.  Our team has worked hard for this product launch, and this hard work finally came to fruition at ITW. The event was a great opportunity for us to connect with potential customers who showed interest in our product, providing well-organized environment conducive to hosting business meetings and exploring these new opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about BridgeVoice, please visit: https://www.bridgevoice.com/.

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Simon Dodsworth, Chair of the Global Business Exchange for Telecom, Discusses the Organization’s Mission and Vision at ITW 2016

By Contributing Editor, Kathy Xu

Website Hosting Review recently met with Simon Dodsworth, Vice President, Head of Voice and Mobile at Telia Carrier, as well as the newly elected Chair of the Executive Council of the Global Business Exchange for Telecom (GBET) at International Telecoms Week (ITW).  ITW is the world’s largest meeting for the global wholesale telecommunications community, which took place at the Hyatt Regency and Swissôtel in Chicago May 8-11, 2016.

GBET is a global consortium of carriers cooperatively working to define standards for the electronic exchange of voice and data in international wholesale with the aim of reducing administrative cost and the ambiguity of various transactions.    As a result, companies can focus on their core strengths, maximizing revenue from new opportunities and better managing present and future challenges.

During our interview, Mr. Dodsworth filled us in on the key takeaways from the GBET-hosted ITW roundtable as well as the future goals of the organization’s Executive Council.

At the roundtable, participants discussed eContract, which was developed to identify common ground and design best standards in order to deliver complete transparency in contract exchanges. The solution addresses the challenges and complexities that result from certain inadequacies currently in place, including non-standardized wording in general clauses, numbering plans, varying interfaces to OSS/BSS systems, in addition to the sheer volume of data that each carrier must be involved with to effectively manage their contracts.

“The mission of the roundtable was trying to get people actively involved and to get the message across that participation achieves the snowball effect that we are trying to create,” Mr. Dodsworth commented.

Each of the founding members of GBET would like to implement the eContract as their standard. As Mr. Dodsworth remarked, “It becomes a question of how do you roll it out to the counterparts that you are conducting business with.”

Future goals for GBET include promoting wider awareness of the organization’s mission. A year from now, Mr. Dodsworth would like to see eContract gain traction to the degree that its adoption is widespread across the industry in addition to emanating from GBET Board members.

If you would like to learn more about GBET, please visit: www.gbetcommunity.com.

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Ernest Sampera Shares How vXchnge is Reinventing the Digital Hosting Experience at ITW 2016

By Contributing Editor, Kathy Xu

While at International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2016, the industry’s largest meeting place for the global wholesale telecommunications community, Website Hosting Review sat down with vXchnge Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Ernest Sampera, to discuss recent acquisitions as well as their objective to maintain company growth. Purposely designed for high performance, carrier-neutral colocation services, vXchnge has reinvented the digital hosting experience with Micro Data Centers that are customized to deliver enhanced business performance while meeting clients’ individualized requirements.

Website Hosting Review, Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question:  What is new at vXchnge and how has the business evolved over the past year?

vXchnge, Ernest Sampera (VXCHNGE-ES) Answer: One of the latest and most significant milestones for vXchnge is the former Sungard acquisition, which rounded out our portfolio to include a total of 15 data centers. From its inception, our organization’s approach has been to identify and focus our business expansion on rapidly growing markets with high population density. Other important factors that we consider are markets featuring extensive investment opportunities in 4G and LTE, as well as large enterprises with more than 500 full-time employees. In considering these factors, we continue to buy, invest and build new data centers within growing areas such as Philadelphia, our first true brownfield where we recently established a new vXchnge facility.

(DCP-KX) Q: What is the company’s biggest achievement in the past 12 months?

(VXCHNGE-ES) A: Maintaining functionality as a singular organization can be a challenge during acquisitions. Smooth integration of various internal methods and procedures is critical to the development of effective standard operations. Our customers expect us to provide 100 percent reliability with high performance and readily available support. We have found ourselves in the throes of this plight recently when attempting to merge company cultures and operations, and have successfully achieved integration while providing a consistent experience across all 15 sites.

Our customers leverage vXchnge data centers as if they were their own, and in order to facilitate this functionality, we utilize the insight platform, creating the opportunity to remotely view and monitor infrastructure regardless of its physical location. With this technology, we can uniquely provide for customers a high level of transparency, fostering overall peace of mind. At vXchnge, we start from a customer perspective to develop company culture and service offerings that cater to our clients’ needs.

(DCP-KX) Q: How was your experience at ITW 2016? 

(VXCHNGE-ES) A: ITW was a highly successful show at a great venue. It gave us the ability to meet with some of our customers, which is important to our company. In addition we had the opportunity to encounter new prospects and network with like-minded industry colleagues to share our insights and hear new perspectives. As they say, it’s a small world, and ITW has done an excellent job at bringing it together.

(DCP-KX) Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?  

(VXCHNGE-ES) A: As a high-growth company, we do everything we can to remain true to our core mission by putting customers first and enabling their success within a service-oriented environment.

If you are interested in learning more about vXchnge, please visit: http://www.vxchnge.com/

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Orange announces improved Internet connectivity in the Middle East with the launch of a new IP Point of Presence in Amman, Jordan

Today, Orange has opened a very large-capacity IP Point of Presence (PoP) in the Middle East. The facility, which is located in Amman, Jordan, is operational from today and will enhance Internet connectivity in the region by offering faster connection speeds and improved reliability for wholesale customers.

An IP Point of Presence is part of the technical infrastructure equipment necessary to enable local operators to access the Internet through an interconnection point with long-distance networks.

Orange is the first operator capable of offering reliable, high quality, secure connections for the wholesale market in Middle Eastern countries to support the huge rise in IP traffic in this area. This fully redundant IP PoP, is a secure solution that facilitates the development of this region. Orange is now able offer reliable, high-quality connections for Middle Eastern countries.

With its strategic position in the region, following the launch of this IP PoP in Amman Orange is fully able to address the market’s needs. The Group is already able to leverage its strong existing customer base, through Orange Jordan. In the medium and long term, the Amman IP PoP will facilitate the development of the Middle Eastern IP market.

Orange now offers a full range of services to customers wishing to connect to the Amman IP PoP, including, notably, a range of high-end value added services.

By connecting to this very large-capacity PoP, wholesale customers, regional operators and Internet Service Providers will benefit from cost-effective connections to a Tier 1 operator. Additionally, customer experience will improve due to this Point of Presence which will bring content providers closer to Internet users.

With the opening of this new PoP, Orange has now enhanced its position as a major Internet connectivity enabler in the Middle East, where capacity is constantly increasing.

About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 96,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 252 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 191 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

Press contacts: +33 1 44 44 93 93

Tom Wright, tom.wright@orange.com, +33 1 44 44 93 93

Nicole Clarke, nicole.clarke@orange.com, +44 7811 128 457