SureWest (Nasdaq: SURW) may be known as one of the early Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) pioneers, but its new agreement with NetStandard to offer managed services to business customers in Kansas City shows its increasing focus on the business services segment.
SureWest data center operations. (Screencap courtesy of SureWest)
Set on enhancing performance and cutting costs for SMBs, the partnership with NetStandard enables SureWest to deliver various outsourced IT services, including hosted Microsoft Exchange, managed desktop services, managed network services, antivirus software and disaster recovery.
What has made outsourced services appealing to SMBs delivered via partnerships like SureWest/NetStandard is that unlike their medium and large business counterparts, small businesses typically don't have the IT resources to run and maintain various IT services.
"Our customers are always looking for ways to run their businesses more efficiently, and many do not have the resources needed to staff and maintain internal IT systems," said Ed Butler, SureWest's vice president of sales, in a prepared statement. "This partnership with NetStandard allows us to deliver an outsourced solution with predictable IT costs, greater efficiency and a single point of contact for all their IT needs."
Kansas City has become a growing market for SureWest. In addition to bringing FTTP services to 5,000 more homes this year, the service provider recently reported that its Kansas City revenues grew 60 percent.
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Karlyn Oberg, SureWest Communications
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