The National Cable Television Cooperative in partnership with two other companies, has launched the NCTC Connectivity Exchange, a platform that is designed to enable its members to compete for and win bids to provide network and connectivity services to large customers and win large-scale requests for proposals (RFPs).
The members-only platform, which is fully automated and covers the process from order to billing and support, will enable the NCTC’s more than 700 independent broadband and pay-TV providers to generate revenue in markets they previously could not reach.
Partnering on the project are Connectbase – formerly Connected2Fiber—and Neustar services. NCTC members already have registered more than 6 million locations with Connectbase.
“By aggregating our members’ individual networks, small and large, we are creating a unified network that reaches approximately a third of the buildings in the U. S.,” NCTC CEO Lou Borrelli said in a press release about NCTC Connectivity Exchange. “We make it easy – we are building the relationships and negotiating master service agreements with the platforms and the national buying groups, so members can focus on what they do best – delivering fantastic broadband service.”
Many areas covered by NCTC members are difficult to reach. The Connectivity Exchange will provide buyers with easier access to these locations.
“By joining Connectivity Exchange, our member companies can avoid being overlooked when competing for broadband opportunities by national brands or large-scale RFPs. At the heart of the program is our strategic partnership with Connectbase, which gives independent broadband providers national visibility and marketability of their networks in a way they’ve never had before,” said Jared Baumann, NCTC VP of Technology Innovation, in the release.
Borrelli was named CEO of NCTC last May. The NCTC’s member companies serve more than 40 million broadband and video customers in the United States and its territories.