Wenatchee, Wash., June 12, 2014 – Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR), a leading telecommunications company in the U.S., and Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company, have jointly won the Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Award 2014 in the ‘Business Service Innovation’ category for the Wired Prepaid Broadband Partnership Project. Global Telecoms Business is a leading UK-based publication covering the telecom industry.
A large unserved or underserved market of potential customers in the United States has not yet adopted available broadband for financial reasons. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has been driving initiatives such as Connect2Compete to encourage U.S. broadband adoption. Wipro and Frontier believe that educating seasonal users, students, travelers, lower income and potentially credit-challenged customers about the convenience and flexibility of pre-paid broadband service would improve broadband adoption. The benefits flow both ways: A prepaid broadband product that enables customers to choose broadband plans without concern about income levels or credit checks can help carriers tap an unserved market without adversely impacting their own financial standing.
Wipro’s managed services solution Accelerate™ sidesteps billing systems and helps rapidly deploy a pre-configured cloud-hosted service to address this market. Accelerate™ allows carriers to support and quickly enable targeted and highly flexible products such as prepaid services, data caps, bandwidth management and specialized content offers. Accelerate™ helped Frontier Communications dramatically reduce development and time-to-market cycles, giving it a ‘first-mover’ advantage. Frontier started offering prepaid internet in Northern Central, Washington in January of this year, and is looking to rapidly expand this offer to the rest of its 27-state market.
“Frontier is committed to offering cutting-edge broadband technology,” said Steve Sandman, General Manager for Frontier in Wenatchee, Washington. “Prepaid broadband is a great new product for younger customers without established credit, as well as those who have credit challenges. It’s also a good choice for residents who only live here part of the year. Consumers need flexible options for High-Speed Internet and this product aligns with those needs. We are excited to receive this recognition from Global Telecoms Business and to bring broadband access to this new segment of customers.”
“Frontier Communications has been an excellent partner as we focus on prepaid broadband. With a fast time-to-market and ability to quickly trial new offers, we hope to support Frontier’s drive to offer new customer segments an essential service. This accolade from GTB is a great compliment to our partnership,” said Wipro’s Steve Snyder, Global Head of Business Innovations. “Wipro’s creative solution has provided flexibility, affordability and bundling of products, while helping unserved customers connect to the Internet. We truly believe this will be a winning market proposition.”
For more information on Frontier’s Prepaid Internet, visit the new Wenatchee, Wash. Broadband Connection Store at 100 S. Chelan Avenue, or call 509.663.3712 or go to www.PayAsYouGoInternet.com.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier’s approximately 13,700 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com
About Wipro Ltd.
Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology,” helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner’s approach to delivering innovation and an organization wide commitment to sustainability; Wipro has more than 140,000 employees and clients across 54 countries. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com.