As part of its effort to expand into the enterprise market, Alpheus Communications (News - Alert) today announced that it will invest more than $10 million this year to expand its workforce and fiber network.
The company added that its staff is set to grow more than 30 percent as part of the effort. Positions are being added in the customer service, sales and technical arenas.
On the network side, the company already has qualified more than 88,000 buildings in Texas for metro Ethernet.
“We are making a big investment in the people and technology needed to take this company to the next level so that Alpheus and Texas businesses can begin forming direct and long-lasting relationships,” said Alpheus CEO Scott Widham. “Alpheus is benefiting from Houston’s deep talent pool, and we are eagerly hiring employees whose experience serving business customers will further strengthen our ability to succeed with enterprises.”
TMCnet spoke with Widham and Layne Levine, Alpheus senior vice president of enterprise sales, this March at the Channel Partners event in Las Vegas. Levine explained that Alpheus is bringing its deep fiber assets, data center and transport services in Texas to enterprise customers via select master agents.
The 10-year-old company, which in December was sold to Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group, traditionally has sold its services on a wholesale basis to other service providers. It will continue to do that, but now is leveraging its network to address business customers as well, explained Widham, who was named CEO of Alpheus following the company’s acquisition late last year.
Widham brought in Levine to help with that effort. Levine and Widham worked together for a few years back at Broadwing (News - Alert) Communications, at which Widham was co-CEO and Levine was senior vice president of sales and support.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey