NCTC, the National Content & Technology Cooperative, today announced it is partnering with Connectbase to provide a fully automated, unified platform for its Connectivity Exchange, a new program that enables NCTC’s independent member operators to compete for and win projects with national brands or largescale RFPs for last mile broadband network contracts. Sixty-five of NCTC’s members have already shown interest and are actively involved in conversations to join the program. The Connectbase Connected World platform details and displays deep, trusted location-based insight to automate network buying and selling processes.
NCTC’s more than 700 independent cable and broadband member operators cover many areas in the US where other national communications service providers do not have a franchise or fiber network. With the enhanced platform, these members can advertise to the world where their networks and nodes are, creating revenue opportunities to service new markets. This new capability will also open doors for buyers who need broadband for last mile deployments, including those in rural areas and underserved locations requested in national bids, which will now be accessible for the first time.
From quote to order with unified billing and support, the platform leverages the power of Connectbase and its partner Neustar to provide real-time information and analytics, serving as a central, one-stop customer relationship management (CRM) solution for NCTC members and buyers, enabling seamless end-to-end management of wholesale sales efforts. To date, NCTC’s members have already registered over six million locations with Connectbase, creating an aggregate network that is automatically surfaced to prospective wholesale network buyers.
NCTC members who use the Connectivity Exchange platform benefit from:
- Automated quoting and ordering processes for wholesale opportunities
- A single contract and invoice for all wholesale transactions
- The ability to participate in a platform that sees over 10 million unique quote requests per year
In addition to finding connectivity in hard-to-reach places, buyers who access the platform benefit from:
- Purchasing connectivity solutions from multiple providers from a single platform, under a single agreement
- Consolidating billing and trouble ticketing from many different providers
- Receiving automated accurate quotes in minutes, not days
“Our strategic partnership with Connectbase and Neustar not only gives independent broadband providers new levels of national visibility and marketability, but it will also make accessing the combined strength of our members completely seamless – in one automated interface,” said NCTC’s VP of Technology and Innovation, Jared Baumann. “Now, our members are more equipped to address critical gaps in the broadband market like no one else can. We’ve never been stronger together.”
“The breadth and coverage area that NCTC’s members can service is vast, and their commitments to quality, customer satisfaction and network performance are top tier,” said Ben Edmond, CEO of Connectbase. “We are very excited to provide the platform for NCTC’s Connectivity Exchange, which stands to fill a large, untapped need in the broadband market today.”