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Telco Service Providers Network

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in CLEC, Telco Service Providers Network

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The Telco Service Providers Network is the place for Service Providers, CLECs, and all other kinds of Telcos to come together and discuss everything from how to get more sales to how to reduce costs to how to run your business more efficiently.

Whether you are hosting with someone else, trying to create your own software, renting, or invested in a large system, this is the place to find new ideas.

Join the network today and we will start a discussion with any questions or ideas you have. We can’t wait to see you there!

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3 Reasons to Become a CLEC

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in CLEC, Phone Company

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Thanks to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Internet Service Providers can become CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers) relatively easily. Becoming a CLEC has several benefits, including:

1. More Profit – By becoming a CLEC your customer base will increase, thus increasing sales and profits.

2. Access to More Services – CLECs have access to all of the same services as ILECs, leveling the playing field.

3. Discounted Rates – Similarly, CLECs can get services at a discounted wholesale rate just like ILECs

In short, becoming a CLEC opens the door for growth and gives you a competitive edge over other ISPs and the ILEC. If you are interested in becoming a CLEC, download our CLEC Product Package or contact us today!

 

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  • The Changing World of CLECs

  • CLECs: How to Grow Your Market

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The Changing World of CLECs

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in CLEC, gloCOM, PBXware, sipMON, sipPROT, TELCOware, Unified Communications

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As the communications industry has evolved, CLECs have had to adapt and embrace new techniques to stay ahead in a competitive market. First they controlled their numbers, then transport, but what is next for Competitive Local Exchange Carriers?

While many changes seemed like insurmountable obstacles, CLECs have always found a way to keep up. More often than not, this is due to the local advantage. No matter how much technology advances, many customers will always value a local presence.

CLECs can add value and maintain a local presence with our Unified Communications suite. Tools like a Class 5 Softswitch, a Provisioning Platform, and Security/Monitoring apps integrate together seamlessly to form a powerful solution. Our Unified Communications app gloCOM is the icing on the cake.

Download our CLECs brochure to learn more.

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CLECs: How to Grow Your Market

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in CLEC

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CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers) are less discussed online than ITSPs or other kinds of Telecoms, but they are no less important. We were glad to see a post from No Jitter (Uncharted Territory: How CLECs Can Expand Their Footprint) about how CLECs can expand their market.

In summary, they described three considerations to growth:

1. Resources – According to No Jitter, the first step to growing a CLEC is considering the available resources. It is important to prepare all of the equipment, staff, etc. before expanding. They recommend an external provider to make the process smoother.

2. Timetable – The second recommendation is to allow sufficient time to expand the CLEC’s market. Think about all of the logistics involved in the process and create a timeline that is reasonable and not rushed.

3. Service Offerings – Finally, it is important to maintain or exceed the status quo of service offerings in the new geographic area. Research the current offerings and find a way to surpass them before entering the market.

To learn more, visit the No Jitter article or see our CLEC Product Package.

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Fonality Down For Several Hours

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in CLEC, Competitors, Fonality, ITSP, Unified Communications

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We’ve been hearing that Fonality was down for several hours this week and offered no support to customers. Were you affected by this? We’d like to help.

Bicom Systems products piece together natively to form and grow turnkey telephony entities including Service Providers, CLECs, governments, ITSPs, and more. Bicom Systems takes unified communications to the next level by providing not only software and hardware, but also support and advice based on years of experience, ensuring a complete telephony solution from start to finish.

We will also provide a transition roadmap to assist with the process of upgrading from another provider.

Sign up today and ask for a call from a dedicated and experienced Account Manager. Or email us at sales ‘a1’  bicomsystems d01 com

If you don’t want to feel alone in this process, please feel free to ask for references and not least how much money was saved!

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CLEC – Competitive Local Exchange Carriers

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in CLEC, VoIP, VoIP Providers

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What is a CLEC?

Competitive Local Exchange Carriers – better known as CLEC – are communication providers that compete with the local incumbent providers. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 made it possible for smaller companies – now known as CLECs – to compete with incumbent providers. They generally offer the same services at a lower price.

Bicom Systems offers tools and products to support CLECs or to start your own CLEC as an ITSP.

How to Start a CLEC

In order to start a CLEC, you need to make some key decisions about the company, followed by a certification process. The first step is to decide whether the CLEC will be facilities-based or resale. After making that decision, the CLEC must undergo certification in the state(s) where it will offer services. The certification process varies by state, but tends to include the following steps:

  1. Create a legal entity

  2. File the CLEC in the state(s) where it will offer services

  3. Participate in a public hearing

  4. File a tariff

After certification, the CLEC will begin negotiation with an ILEC and eventually setup a connection and begin to offer services.

CLEC vs. ILEC

ILECs are Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers that compete against CLECs and existed prior to the Telecommunications Act of 1996.Another good source of information on how to start a CLEC can be found at voip-info.org.

We have a similar article on How to Start an ITSP. In today’s market, any CLEC must consider its route to ITSP.

For more information, see our product package specifically for CLEC: CLEC Product Package

Also, visit our CLEC wiki – What is a CLEC – CLEC Florida

 
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CLEC Florida

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in CLEC, VoIP

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Bicom Systems offers tools and products to start your own CLEC as an ITSP.

How to Start a CLEC

In order to start a CLEC, you need to make some key decisions about the company, followed by a certification process. The first step is to decide whether the CLEC will be facilities-based or resale. After making that decision, the CLEC must undergo certification in the state(s) where it will offer services. The certification process varies by state, but tends to include the following steps:

  1. Create a legal entity
  2. File the CLEC in the state(s) where it will offer services
  3. Participate in a public hearing
  4. File a tariff

After certification, the CLEC will begin negotiation with an ILEC and eventually setup a connection and begin to offer services.

CLEC vs. ILEC

ILECs are Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers that compete against CLECs and existed prior to the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Another good source of information on how to start a CLEC can be found at voip-info.org.

We have a similar article on How to Start an ITSP. In today’s market, any CLEC must consider its route to ITSP.

For more information, see our product package specifically for CLEC: CLEC Product Package

Also, visit our CLEC wiki – What is a CLEC – CLEC – Competitive Local Exchange Carriers

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The Side You Should Be ‘Aware-Of’ in this Business…

Written by Saulio Reyes on . Posted in CLEC, Hosted PBX, IP Phone, PBX System, Phone Company, Phone Systems

The technical side of a modern phone company…

As a developer and network engineer, understanding the way today’s hosted phone systems works is a fairly easy task. Yet such a profile is not found in every person that is willing to start in this business. In general, there are two profiles that look to start in this business more often:

Integrators: small, medium and large integrators used to serve the customer locally with well-known brands and a mix of digital and analog technologies.

Service Providers: on the other side, often Internet Service Providers and/or hosted services providers. Sometimes even CLECs already providing dial tone one-way or the other.

The Integrator

This is pretty much a salesman with a complete understanding of the phone systems’ capabilities and the handsets that are been implemented with it. Technical skills are crucial in order to take control and set up an optimal local network and the way of the IP terminals to the remote network were services are been hosted. In fewer words, a “Sales Engineer”.

  • Profile the customers and phone system feature set that will fit.
  • Identify market needs, pack and test those in an easy to deploy way.
  • Use the same hardware in all deployments; this includes switches, routers, IP phones and so on. Become a master of them (Standardize).
  • Know all the “good-things” about the system but more important have a better knowledge of its limitations. The work around will just appear.

The Service Provider

With a well-done Integrator part there is no need to worry about the sales, but you still have to take care of a few elements and be sure that he becomes an expert on them at the same time.

  • Path from customer to hosted services
  • Platform behavior in customer and data center environment
  • IP Trunking and Carriers Interconnectivity
  • Data Center Software and Equipment Management
  • A way to monitor and provide Security to all items above

In conclusion, either the Integrator has to also become the Service Provider or the Service Provider has to become an Integrator as well. Any other categories will have to become both of them in addition to anything else they do and/or could bring to the table.  This is not just a mind-set, I strongly suggest you understand the skills that each one must have in order to accomplish success. Of course, the mix of the two will simplify some things and won’t require duplicating all the human resources.

Consulting is always a good step in the process, me and my team are always available and willing to help, don’t hesitate to contact us. We also offer a number of solutions and products that may be of interest, such as our PBXware in the Business PBX, Multi-Tenant PBX, and Call Center PBX editions.

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What is a CLEC?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in CLEC, ITSP, VoIP, VoIP Providers

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Competitive Local Exchange Carriers – better known as CLEC – are communication providers that compete with the local incumbent providers. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 made it possible for smaller companies – now known as CLECs – to compete with incumbent providers. They generally offer the same services at a lower price.