Bandwidth.com, a VoIP provider to the likes of Voice 2.0 providers like Skype, is beefing up its holdings by acquiring wholesale voice and E911 service provider dash Carrier Services.
As more consumers subscribe to Skype and other VoIP services, these service providers will need to add critical services like E911.
By acquiring dash in an all-cash deal, Bandwidth.com will be able to couple additional advanced services, including E911 calling, with its core voice and SMS offerings for its carrier customers that would have previously had to purchase these services from multiple sources.
"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 in a release announcing the deal. "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."
When the deal is complete, Bandwidth.com executives forecast the combined company will reach over $100 million in revenues in 2011. Current dash CEO Justin Nelson will continue to serve as an advisor to the combined company.
Acquiring dash is the latest moves Bandwidth.com has taken to deal with its ongoing expansion. Earlier this year, the service provider struck a commercial deal with Verizon to exchange VoIP traffic.
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