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Level 3 Remains Primary Provider for Vixxi's E-911 Nationwide Network


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August 06, 2008

Level 3 Remains Primary Provider for Vixxi's E-911 Nationwide Network

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Level 3 Communications' Wholesale Markets group today announced that it has extended its relationship with Vixxi Solutions (News - Alert) to support the company's network connectivity to E-911 private and dedicated infrastructures.

As a primary provider of E-911 network connectivity for Vixxi, Level 3 will be supporting Vixxi's deployment of FCC (News - Alert)-compliant nomadic 911 services to Voice over IP (VoIP) service providers.
The latest agreement between the companies calls on Vixxi to leverage Level 3's geographic presence to route 911 calls to the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) over the nationwide 911 infrastructure.
Company officials said that this will expand Vixxi's coverage to provide FCC compliant nomadic E-911 capabilities to service providers.
Vixxi is a nationwide E-911 solutions provider. E-911, a location technology advanced by the FCC, enables mobile, or cellular, phones to process 911 emergency calls and enable emergency services to locate the geographic position of the caller.
Officials explained that Vixxi's database capability will identify the customer's location. After identification, the database will send the call to Level 3 with routing instructions to terminate the call to the geographically relevant PSAP.
The PSAP serves as a focal point for public access to emergency services. Being a centralized point of contact, the PSAP obtains necessary information and directs the caller to the proper agency.
“Aligning ourselves with the Level 3 network enables expanded coverage of our Enhanced 911 services to customers across the nation,” said Christopher Camut, CEO, Vixxi Solutions.
He also said that with a comprehensive solutions portfolio and proven E-911 expertise, Level 3 will help the company to provide extended reach in support of public safety.
“Our expanded relationship with Vixxi improves Level 3's presence and market space within the E-911 segment of telecommunications,” said Andrew Crouch, president of Wholesale Markets Group at Level 3. “This Internet-enabled technology will leverage the Level 3 network, to ensure maximum geographic reach and efficiency for Vixxi.”
Level 3 is a provider of Voice services and its Level 3 E-911 Direct service is considered to be the only FCC-complaint E-911 services that meet NENA standards.
Last month, the company announced that it has been selected by Funcom, an independent developer and publisher of computer and console games, to be company's exclusive provider of content delivery network (CDN) services for the Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures online game launch and ongoing content patching.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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