Two months after announcing plans to buy Broadvox LLC, Onvoy is at it again. The wholesale telecommunications services provider today revealed it is also acquiring Layered Communications. The value of this latest deal was not disclosed.
“The Layered Communications acquisition accelerates Onvoy’s ability to offer wholesale customers an API-based service fulfillment and instant provisioning interface to Onvoy’s carrier-class service,” said Onvoy President Fritz Hendricks. “Layered’s service creation platform provides immediate access to the fast growing wireless and over-the-top markets while providing a web-based framework for continuous innovation.”
More specifically, Boulder-Colo.-based Layered Communications has operational support systems based on REST APIs. That allows for faster creation and provisioning of messaging, mobility, and voice services, and wireless porting.
APIs, or application programming interfaces, have become important tools by which both communications services providers, and businesses in general, are creating bridges between software to enable new models and solutions. Gartner believes that half of all business-to-business collaboration will take place through web APIs by 2017, and that by 2018 three-fourths of Fortune 1000 firms will offer public web APIs.
Onvoy is based in Minnesota and has been around since 1991. It is the nation’s third largest CLEC by rate center coverage. And it provides a wide array of 911, messaging, termination, toll-free, white-label hosted PBX and vFax, and other services.
The company in early August revealed it would be buying Broadvox. That deal transformed it into the third largest CLEC based on rate center coverage, providing it with a total of 5,000 rate centers and access to more than 80 percent of U.S. households.
The path of Onvoy in recent years has been transformative. The company merged with Zayo Bandwidth in August of 2007. And a year ago June Zayo spun off Onvoy, which today is a subsidiary of Communications Infrastructure Investments.