The old adage, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease," is especially true in the world of telco providers, wherein those with the deepest pockets, biggest networks and, to be honest, loudest PR agencies are the ones that garner the most media attention.
But in Virtuapedia this week, I had the opportunity to take note of some of the smaller, yet no-less-impressive smaller wheels of the telco machine. While these providers aren't featured in daily news stories about hot-button topics like 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), they're certainly no less important.
Without them, millions of people and businesses would potentially be without service or, at the very least, would be forced to pay much more for the services they're now receiving from these carriers. It's never a bad thing to take a moment and consider the contributions of those that quietly go about doing their work, while attention is drawn to the bright, shiny objects.
BICS, based in Brussels, is a global voice carrier and provider of mobile data services and has offices in Bern, Madrid, Dubai, New York, San Francisco and Singapore and local representation in Beijing, Toronto and throughout Africa. It provides a suite of solutions for voice, messaging, data and connectivity, business intelligence and analytics, fraud and security, roaming, global IoT and asset monetization.
BTS - Business Telecommunications Services operates hubs in Madrid, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, New York, Panama, Guatemala and the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas in Miami, with more than 100 direct links and 600 interconnections worldwide. It provides carrier services, including voice termination routes, fiber optics and VoIP links, and provides SIP, routing, SBC and other functions from its wholesale platform.
du, based in Dubai, provides mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to people, homes and businesses, as well as carrier services, a data hub, Internet exchange facilities and satellite services for broadcasters throughout the United Arab Emirates. It boasts 9 million active subscribers and more than 100,000 businesses as customers.
TNZI in New Zealand operates a global voice business with direct interconnects with more than 200 points of presence in London, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sydney, Auckland and network access points in New York, Frankfurt, Singapore and Hong Kong. It provides carrier connect, direct connect and retail connect options, as well as OSS/BSS and a toll fraud mitigation platform.
UNIFI Communications provides wholesale solutions to 250 mobile operators, international carriers, ISPs and content, application and over-the-top providers with direct operations in 25 countries. Its solutions, such as voice termination, pre-paid calling partnerships and network infrastructure development services, connect more than 100 million subscribers across a network footprint in more than 130 countries.
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— Denise Culver, Director of Online Research, Heavy Reading