Telesphere Ranked One of Nation's Fastest-Growing Private Companies
August 23, 2012
Pure-play cloud services provider Telesphere (News - Alert) has made Inc. Magazine's fastest-growing private companies list for the second year in a row, being ranked number 28 in the telecommunications category.
Telesphere CEO Clark Peterson tells TMCnet that the company has grown 274 percent in the last three years – that’s been both through organic growth and via acquisition.
A Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company, Telesphere is backed and operated by the same group that started and built Cellular One/ATT Wireless, Clearwire (News - Alert), Nextlink, Nextel and XO.
One of the largest pure-play cloud providers using the BroadSoft platform, Telesphere’s customer target is large, multi-location businesses that want to pull together multiple offices around the country. 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. The company also can provide endpoints, such as Polycom (News - Alert) HD phones, as part of its end-to-end solutions.
Telesphere carries these services, all the way to the customer location, over its secure IP MPLS network. A nationwide provider, Telesphere has 12 points of presence nationwide; recently, the company added POPs in Atlanta and Chicago, which Peterson says gives it four times the network footprint as its nearest competitor.
This significant footprint, the company’s unified communications solutions and its acquisitions have all helped fuel growth at Telesphere. A few 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.
Peterson indicates the Telesphere may do additional acquisitions, as well as partnerships, in the future. There are a lot of companies that want to be acquired by an organization with a national network and back office systems, he says. But others are just seeking partners, and might want to work with Telesphere to deliver their solutions on the company’s cloud platform.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo