Adds Enhanced Unified Communications Solutions, Improved uCommand™ Self-Service Portal to Fast-Track™ Services Portfolio
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the ongoing enhancement of its Global Partner Program (GPP) and deepening of relationships with its regional service provider partners, Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced it is enriching its Fast-Track Services portfolio for service provider customers with the addition of Global Crossing Connect Solutions integrated audio, web and video conferencing services, as well as a newly enhanced uCommand self-service portal.
The newly available unified communications solutions, called Global Crossing Connect Solutions, are a family of applications built on a scalable, standard application programming interface (API) that enables a faster, integrated and seamless collaboration experience. The downloadable applications – Global Crossing Connect Desktop, Global Crossing Connect Mobile and Global Crossing Connect Outlook Add-In – expand how customers can use Global Crossing Ready-Access® and Global Crossing Web Meeting collaboration services.
"Global Crossing Connect Solutions represent a strategic step in our vision to provide a best-in-class collaboration experience for our customers around the world, and reinforces GPP as an industry leading partner program," said Omar Altaji, Global Crossing's managing director, Worldwide Carrier Services. "Our global IP-based platform enables us to be an influential player in the development of leading-edge solutions that enhance the way the world works and communicates."
Global Crossing's Global Partner Program gives regional service providers the benefits of global reach, service expansion, reduced time-to-market and the ability to build a network or add service capabilities without significant investment. GPP serves more than 70 partners across all regions of the globe, with whom Global Crossing has established more than 160 Network-to-Network Interconnects (NNIs). More than 1,200 enterprise end-customers (global and regional Fortune 1000) are being served by GPP.
Global Crossing Fast-Track Services portfolio combines the business processes, products, services and system tools necessary for service providers to quickly offer their enterprise customers end-to-end global data solutions, backed by consistent and seamless Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
Global Crossing Connect Desktop, Connect Mobile for handheld devices and Connect Outlook Add-In integrate with calendar applications and enable chairpersons and participants to host or join Ready-Access audio and Web Meeting conferences with a single click. Users also can store and bookmark recurring audio conferences, make operator requests, and have the conference automatically connect to them at the start time and access account settings, all from the same location. The Global Crossing conferencing platform is supported by 20 redundant audio conferencing bridges across three continents.
"Conferencing solutions provide additional income potential for our partners through a continuous stream of revenue, allowing service providers to capitalize on fast-growing enterprise demand for bundled audio/web communications," said Pete Bell, Global Crossing's recently appointed senior vice president, Global Partner Program. "The GPP Fast-Track product portfolio enables service providers to target new customers or up-sell existing clients, and to minimize customer churn and increase customer loyalty."
Based on customer input, Global Crossing also has recently expanded its award-winning uCommand customer portal. uCommand is Global Crossing's online account management tool that gives customers access to network management and services. It gives carrier customers the ability to price extended-reach solutions that complement their on-net services for enterprise clients.
The company recently has broadened the scope of uCommand to support network management capabilities for its EtherSphere™ and Wavelength services. The company also has simplified administrative tasks, such as assigning permissions to and adding customer users, which will speed and ease customers' abilities to manage their networks through the portal. Global Crossing's uCommand self-service portal is an integral component of the company's customer experience initiative and a crucial resource that supports the company's longstanding commitment to customer satisfaction.
"The broadening and deepening of the product set available under Global Crossing's Global Partner Program to include unified communication and collaboration services as well as improved uCommand portal functionality enable partners to bring these services to market quickly and cost-effectively to meet their customers' demands for leading edge global services," stated Cindy Whelan, principal analyst at Current Analysis for business and wholesale services. "In turn, Global Crossing's partners augment the service provider's direct sales efforts, providing another channel for the carrier to acquire market share in the global enterprise service market."
Global Crossing Fast-Track Services drive incremental revenue for a carrier by helping it provide additional opportunities to enterprise customers that need out-of-region IP-based solutions, such as Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) service; Ethernet services; Voice over Internet Protocol services; International Private Line; Dedicated Internet Access; and On-Site Support, as well as Collaboration services. As part of Global Crossing Fast-Track Services, Global Crossing provides launch support to carriers, including on-boarding and training, sales collateral and dedicated partner team support, along with the tools necessary to effectively deliver a positive customer experience.
ABOUT GLOBAL CROSSING
Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP, Ethernet, data center and video solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of data, voice, collaboration, broadcast and media services delivered with superior customer service.
Global Crossing provides services to enterprises (including approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500); government departments and agencies; and 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries, and has 17 world-class data centers in major business centers around the globe.
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