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February 24, 2011

Bandwidth.com Buys dash Carrier Services



By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, IP Communications Magazines



Bandwidth.com (News - Alert) has acquired dash Carrier Services in an all-cash deal that is expected to create an entity forecast to reach more than $100 million in 2011 revenue. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Dash, which is based in Denver, Colo., provides tier-one emergency services and wholesale carrier voice solutions. It offers an FCC (News - Alert)-compliant E911 for VoIP solution and says it “operates the most expansive, purpose-built emergency services IP network in the United States.”

As discussed in the April 2010 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, the migration of the country’s networks to IP, as well as the proliferation of different types of connected interactions and devices, is impacting virtually every aspect of communication. Emergency services are no exception. The National Emergency Number Association is calling for the migration of E911 networks to what NENA calls NG911, or next generation 911. The idea is to move E911 systems to standards-based IP platforms and, in the process, enable citizens and those involved in emergency response to interact not only in voice, but also via text, IM and possibly even video communications.

Based on 2009 spending of $7.9 billion, Gartner (News - Alert) predicts that public safety departments across the U.S. will spend approximately $9.1 billion by 2012. 

“Emergency services are a critical component in the continued growth of VoIP adoption as users increasingly will expect their new communication applications to offer the same reliability and functionality, including emergency services, as found in their legacy telephony solutions,” said David Morken, CEO of Bandwidth.com.  “The acquisition of dash, combined with our existing nationwide IP network and services, gives us a tremendous advantage in the industry and the necessary assets to continue pushing the market forward.”

According to the companies, this deal marks the latest in a series of major milestones for Bandwidth.com, which is expanding rapidly. That expansion is due to many factors, including the company’s deal with Verizon (News - Alert) for the exchange of VoIP traffic.




Edited by Tammy Wolf
 
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