Inteliquent, Inc. provides voice telecommunications services primarily on a wholesale basis. The company offers these services using an all-IP network, which enables it to deliver global connectivity for various media, including voice, and historically data and video. The company’s solutions enable carriers and other providers to deliver voice traffic or other services. These solutions are sometimes called off-net services. It also provides its solutions to customers, such as over-the-top providers, who also typically do not have their own network. Services Voice Services The company’s voice services in the United States allow competitive carriers to exchange local and long distance traffic between their networks without using an incumbent local exchange carrier, tandem or establishing direct connections. Each competitive carrier that connects to the company’s network generally gains access to all other competitive carriers’ switches connected to its network. Once connected to its network, carriers can route their traffic to other destinations (telephone numbers) that are addressable by its network. The company provides voice interconnection services primarily to competitive carriers, including wireless, wireline, cable and broadband telephony companies. Competitive carriers use the company’s tandem switches to interconnect and exchange local and long distance traffic between their networks without the need to establish direct switch-to-switch connections. Its services are principally targeted to address the estimated 910.9 million, or 55% of the total 1.65 billion, telephone numbers assigned primarily to competitive carriers; that is, all carriers that are not incumbent local exchange carriers. As of December 31, 2013, the company’s network was capable of connecting calls to an estimated 735.8 million telephone numbers assigned to carriers. The company provides its customers with invoices, management reports and call detail records in paper and electronic formats. Its managed service offering includes technologically advanced IP switching platforms manufactured by Sonus Networks, Inc. linked together by an IP backbone. The company’s network is capable of automatically switching IP-originated or conventional time division multiplexing, or TDM, traffic to terminating carriers using either protocol. It supports IP-to-IP, IP-to-TDM, TDM-to-IP and TDM-to-TDM traffic with appropriate protocol conversion and gateway functionality. The company also supports both conventional signaling system #7 (SS7) and session initiation protocol call routing. Session initiation protocol is an application-layer control (signaling) protocol for creating, modifying and terminating real-time IP communications sessions with one or more participants. These sessions include Internet telephone calls, multimedia distribution and multimedia conferences. SS7 is a set of telephony signaling protocols, which is used to set up the majority of the s public switched telephone network calls. In addition, a patented proprietary software tool helps the company to manage the complicated routing scenarios required to terminate traffic to various telephone numbers and support its network. The software allows the company to identify new routing opportunities between carriers and to help optimize its customers’ interconnection costs, which leads to improved customer service. The company’s network, as of December 31, 2013, connected 2,283 competitive carrier switches, creating up to 5.2 million switch-to-switch routes serving an estimated 736 million telephone numbers assigned to these carriers. In the quarter ended December 31, 2013, the company’s network carried approximately 10.1 billion minutes of traffic per month. The company also operates end-office switches to carry traffic from non-carriers to other carriers. The company carries a small amount of outbound voice traffic from the United States to non-United States jurisdictions and may, in the future, carry traffic between non-United States jurisdictions. The company’s third-party vendors include, among others, Cisco and Oracle for its database systems and software, and various network services suppliers, such as AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, and Transaction Network Services, for its transport and Signaling System 7 services. Strategy Key elements of the company’s expansion strategy include increasing the types of traffic it carry; expanding its customer base; and expanding its service offerings. Customers In connection with its voice service, the company principally serves carriers in the United States. As of December 31, 2013, the company had 237 carriers originating traffic and 269 carriers connected to its network. Its two customers, AT&T and Verizon, accounted for 34% and 20%, respectively, of its total revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2013. Sales and Marketing In the United States, the company’s sales organization primarily divides voice accounts by customer type, such as wireless, cable, wireline and non-carrier customers. Its sales team works closely with its customers to identify and address their needs. The company’s marketing activities include direct sales programs, social media, targeted public relations, and participation in industry trade shows. Dispositions In 2013, the company sold its global data business. Intellectual Property The company has one granted patent and has three additional patent applications pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Competition The company competes with AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 Communications, CenturyLink, Hypercube, Peerless Network, and Intelepeer. Regulation The company is affected indirectly by FCC regulations that alter the competitive landscape for customers or potential customers of its services. History The company was founded in 2001. It was formerly known as Neutral Tandem, Inc. and changed its name to Inteliquent, Inc. in 2013. The company was incorporated in Delaware in 2001.
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