Telecommunication and technology solutions provider
Windstream Holdings, Inc.
) has announced the availability of its enterprise-class Unified
Communications as a Service (UCaaS) across the U.S. UCaaS
represents a fully managed cloud-based solution, which caters to
the enterprise market. The product can be availed at a flat monthly
The main advantage of UCaaS is that it offers a single interface
solution for accessing a variety of Unified Communications options.
Further, UCaaS product suite hosts in Windstream's secure data
centers and utilizes Windstream's Multiprotocol Label Switching
(MPLS) networking with Quality of Service (QoS).
According to the press release, the hosted IP telephony
(Internet Protocol telephony) and unified communications and
collaboration (UCC) is projected to reach $13.23 billion in market
capitalization in North America by 2020, representing a CAGR of
28.4%. As a result, we believe, the expansion of Windstream's UCaaS
solution (which forms a part of UCC) nationwide will enable the
company to tap significant business opportunity from the
proliferation in the UCC market.
Apart from the latest UCaaS expansion, Windstream has adopted a
number of steps to expand its business horizon. The company has
been adding a number of data centers, employing efficient sales
people to boost the sales figure and render greater customer
satisfaction, and investing in business channels. Windstream had
opened three data centers in 2013 and recently opened another one
in Charlotte, NC. The company plans to expand the new center by
more than 20,500 square feet in a phased manner.
These units are being constructed to cope with the growing
demand for data center and cloud-based services from customers all
over the nation. The facilities will also lend support to
Windstream Hosted Solutions to handle its massive network of cloud
computing solutions, data storage and managed service that will aid
the company in extending services to business customers more
efficiently at a lower cost. We believe these actions will in turn,
lead to improved revenues and profitability.
Windstream currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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