Alaska’s largest telecommunications company will offer ClearSky’s comprehensive mobile data services to subscribers on its GSM and CDMA networks
ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leading provider of managed services and content to wireless carriers, today announced a new long-term contract with General Communication, Inc. (GCI) to deploy its full suite of wireless content and data services. GCI, located in Anchorage, Alaska, is a leading telecommunications company that owns and operates GSM and CDMA networks in Alaska under two distinct brands, GCI and Alaska Digitel (AKD).
The terms of this multi-year agreement call for GCI to share certain infrastructure components that ClearSky is currently providing for AKD’s CDMA network operation, while other components and services will be designed specifically for GCI’s GSM network. The comprehensive end-to-end solution will include hosted WAP and MMS-C service, along with ProPortal™, ProVantage™, ProVision™, ProConfig™, RevShare and ProTrends BI™ integrated support systems. Taken together, these products and services will enable GCI to boost its ARPU by offering its subscribers access to the mobile web, multi-media messaging, downloadable content, and more.
“The fact that GCI operates both GSM and CDMA wireless networks under separate brands presents both an opportunity and a challenge for GCI’s data services offering,” said Paul Landes, GCI Vice President/General Manager of consumer services. “In ClearSky we found an organization that possessed both the business acumen and technical expertise required to design a solution that was both cost-effective and technically superior to all other competing services.”
“Since their inception, GCI has maintained a singular objective to provide Alaskans with a broad array of world class telecommunications products and services,” said ClearSky executive vice president of sales, Tony Tagliareni . “We are delighted to receive their endorsement and to provide GCI with the necessary tools and infrastructure they need to maximize their data ARPU and effectively compete with regional and national carriers.”
About ClearSky Mobile Media
With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling, market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offerings with its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wireless technologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobile data services and mobile content to a combined subscriber base of more than 60 million. To learn more about ClearSky Mobile Media, visit www.csky.com.
GCI is Alaska’s largest telecommunications company. The company operates Alaska’s most extensive terrestrial/subsea fiber optic network, extending from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope through Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and the lower 48 states. GCI’s satellite network provides communications services to small towns and villages throughout rural Alaska. The company is in the process of constructing a statewide mobile wireless network to seamlessly link urban and rural Alaska for the first time. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large business customers with complex data networking needs. More information about the company can be found at www.gci.com.
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