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June 13, 2012

Telesphere Hires New COO, Continues Network Effort to Win Multi-location Enterprises

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based cloud services company, Telesphere (News - Alert) has tapped Brent Bourne, a former Metaswitch Networks guy, as chief operating officer. 

At MetaSwitch, Bourne coordinated post-sales architecture, engineering, testing and implementation of critical hardware and software delivery projects for large telcos. He also has served as COO of InfoArmor Inc. and IntelePeer Inc., and as an executive leader at Level 3 Communications (News - Alert).

In addition to expanding its technical team, Telesphere says, it is “investing significantly in its national network to add sophisticated network points of presence to key regions of the U.S. and connect them with high-capacity-bandwidth facilities.” That’s in an effort to win the business of multi-location enterprise accounts, including those with employees working in home offices and using smartphones, tablets or laptops.

In a conversation with TMCnet a few months ago, CEO Clark Peterson said that Telesphere, which is backed and operated by the same group that started and built Cellular One/ATT Wireless, Clearwire (News - Alert), Nextlink, Nextel and XO, is actively pursuing a role as a key cloud services industry consolidator.

As a nationwide provider with nine points of presence, and customers in almost every state, the company is already a relatively big fish in the cloud services pond, Peterson indicated, adding that Telesphere is one of the largest pure-play cloud providers using the BroadSoft (News - Alert) platform. Telesphere offers a range of cloud-based voice and data services, including data backup, fixed/mobile convergence solutions, hosted Exchange, Internet access, IP telephony and related features, managed firewall, SIP trunking, video services, and more. Telesphere carries these services, all the way to the customer location, over its secure IP MPLS network. The company also can provide endpoints, such as Polycom (News - Alert) HD phones, as part of its end-to-end solutions. Professional services are included as part of the Telesphere service packages.

About two years ago Telesphere bought Unity Business Networks out of Denver, which gave it what Peterson calls an unparalleled billing and operational support system platform. The BSS/OSS can do everything from generating sales proposals, to monitoring services on an end-to-end basis, to enabling customers to provision their own features.

Telesphere’s customer target is large, multi-location businesses that want to pull together somewhere in the neighborhood of 60, 70, or 100 offices around the country.




Edited by Brooke Neuman
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