Profile: Otelco Inc (OTEL.A)
27 Jul 2018
Otelco Inc., incorporated on October 20, 1998, provides a range of telecommunication services on a retail and wholesale basis. The Company provides local and long distance telecommunications voice and broadband data services; wholesale access to the local and long distance network, and network access to other wireline, long distance and wireless carriers for calls originated or terminated on its network. The Company views, manages and evaluates the results of its operations from the various communications services. The Company operates approximately 10 rural local exchange carrier (RLEC) businesses, approximately four of which serve contiguous territories in north central Alabama; over three of which serve territories adjacent to either Portland or Bangor, Maine, and approximately one each serving a portion of western Massachusetts, central Missouri, western Vermont and southern West Virginia. The Company also offers cloud hosting and managed services for small and mid-sized companies.
The Company provides local services on a retail basis to residential and business customers. The Company offers long distance telephone services to its RLEC local telephone customers. The Company provides long distance services on its own facilities or through services purchased from various long distance providers. In Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, its competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) provides communications services tailored to business and enterprise customers, including specialized data and voice network configurations. Its fiber network allows the Company to offer voice and data solutions. It also provides billing and collection services for long distance carriers (also referred to as interexchange carriers) through negotiated billing and collection agreements for certain types of toll calls placed by its local customers.
The Company provides a range of Internet access data lines to its customers, including bulk broadband data access to support large corporate enterprise users; digital high-speed data lines in varying capacity speeds for business and residential use; and residential legacy dial-up connectivity. Digital high-speed data lines are provided through digital subscriber line (DSL); cable modems, and wireless broadband, depending upon the location in which the service is offered and through fiber connectivity to larger business customers. The Company provides cable television services, including high definition, digital video recording capability and video on demand (VOD), over networks with approximately 750 megahertz (MHz) of transmission capacity or by Internet protocol television (IPTV) in its Alabama service area. It offers digital signals, high-definition program content, digital video recording capability and VOD through both its traditional cable plant and IPTV. Its cable television packages offer from 20 to 200 channels.
The Company provides private/hybrid cloud hosting services, as well as consulting and professional engineering services, for software applications for small and mid-sized North American companies. The Company's telephone networks include carrier grade advanced switching capabilities provided by traditional digital, as well as software based switches; fiber rings and routers, and network software supporting specialized business applications. Its networks enable the Company to provide wireline telephone services and other calling features; long distance services; digital Internet access services through DSL and cable modems and dedicated circuits, and specialized customer specific applications. In Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia, its RLECs and CLEC provide services under the brand names OTT Communications and Reliable Networks. It offers an Internet protocol (IP)-based Hosted Private Branch Exchange service (HPBX) that provides cloud hosting and managed services.
The Company competes with FairPoint Communications, Verizon, Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable, Comcast Corporation, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Inc., Shentel, DISH Network, DirecTV, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM.
505 3rd Ave E
ONEONTA AL 35121-1557