The C Spire name, traditionally associated with wireless service, will soon appear on fiber-based digital broadband services from C Spire’s sister company Telepak, a competitive carrier with a fiber network throughout a large part of the southeastern United States. The news was part of a (perhaps deliberately) vague but intriguing press release issued yesterday from the companies, which are both owned by Telapex.
C Spire and Telepak apparently see opportunities for providing customers a more integrated wireless and wireline experience. “In today’s world, wireless and Internet services are synonymous with integration as high bandwidth wireless applications for consumers and businesses demand this comprehensive approach to ensure overall quality,” said C Spire Wireless President and CEO Hu Meena, in yesterday’s announcement.
The announcement also noted that Telepak has been building an “all-optical fiber network optimized for high-speed wired and wireless data convergence.”
C Spire did not immediately respond to Telecompetitor for additional information about how the Telepak network is being optimized or about the types of integrated wireless and wireline services the companies envision.
But with wireless connectivity – particularly mobile broadband — becoming increasingly critical for business users, my guess would be that the companies are thinking of services that would enable mobile data devices to interoperate more closely with landline-based corporate networks, perhaps even supporting some sort of seamless hand-off between the two networks.
This isn’t the first time the C Spire name has appeared on a wireline service. Last year Telepak began offering its IP voice phone services and fixed-rate, high-speed dedicated Internet access services under the C Spire Business Solutions brand.