Category Archives: XO Communications News (OTCBB:XOHO)

XO Selects Ciena to Deliver Nationwide Digital Video Transport

XO CommunicationsCiena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, and XO Communications today announced that XO Communications will use Ciena’s Digital Video Transport solution to deliver native digital video transport services to media and entertainment customers across the XO nationwide network. Underpinned by XO Communications’ coast-to-coast 100 Gbps network, Ciena’s solution will allow XO Communications to cost-effectively transport high-definition (HD) video content for its customers without affecting original quality.

Ciena’s Digital Video Transport solution includes the 565 Advanced Services Platform, a compact and cost-optimized metro WDM platform that enables a variety of data, storage and video services to be cost-efficiently aggregated onto an optical wavelength-based network or service. This provides a cost-effective way to multiplex different video signals alongside Ethernet services from remote studios, stadiums and other dispersed locations into a centralized studio or video production location. The solution also includes video diagnostic tools that greatly simplify testing and troubleshooting for motion picture and television pre- and post-production, and live broadcast television content contribution.

Leveraging these dynamics, XO Communications is employing Ciena’s Digital Video Transport Platform to deliver a reliable, flexible, and high-performance service that will allow broadcasters, content producers, and other media and entertainment customers to cost-effectively transport real-time, uncompressed video across the XO nationwide 100 Gbps network.

XO Receives U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Excellence Award

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XO Communications  announced that the company has been honored with a U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Excellence Award from ATLANTIC-ACM, a leading telecommunications industry research firm. The company was honored for outstanding carrier performance in data pricing and billing accuracy. The award reflects the results of the ATLANTIC-ACM’s 2013 U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Report Card, which is based on individual ratings of telecommunications carriers by their wholesale customers.

ATLANTIC-ACM presented awards in ten categories – Data Quality, Sales Reps, Voice Price, Brand, Customer Service, Network, Voice Quality, Billing, Data Price and Provisioning. Boston-based ATLANTIC-ACM is a leading provider of strategic research and consulting services to the telecommunications and information industries.

“We’re very pleased that XO has once again been recognized with wholesale carrier excellence awards,” said David Allen, vice president of XO Carrier Services. “In addition to award-winning data services with our unique combination of extensive national and metro network assets, our carrier customers can expect excellence in wholesale pricing and billing.”

XO Communications provides high-performance wholesale data, IP, and network services at speeds up to 100 Gbps for domestic and international telecommunications carriers, cable companies, content providers, and mobile wireless companies. With a 20,000 route mile inter-city network and more than one million metro fiber miles, XO Communications provides wholesale customers superior network reach and performance

1-800-Registry Gains Efficiencies and Flexibility with XO Communications

XO Communications 1-800-Registry, a leader in wedding planning, honeymoon travel and non-traditional registry services, has deployed a Hosted PBX and Cloud Contact Center solution from XO Communications. The combined solution has delivered a more robust, enterprise-class, cloud-based solution for 1-800-Registry communications and contact center service needs while also providing the efficiencies to manage costs with its growing business.

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, 1-800-Registry provides a total wedding experience for couples with services that include wedding and honeymoon planning, wedding registries, finding a new home, and other services that help couples begin into their new life together. Having a reliable and highly scalable communications infrastructure is critical to this Internet-based company so it can provide a positive customer experience and adjust to spikes in demand for its services from customers.

The combined XO Hosted PBX and Concentric Cloud Contact Center solution has allowed 1-800-Registry to reduce costs and simplify the management of communications needs by pushing all of its services to the cloud. By not having to buy, install, manage and maintain PBXs, servers and other equipment, 1-800-Registry is able to dedicate more of its resources and personnel on running its core business. In addition, 1-800-Registry benefits from the fully integrated XO solution – all the way from the XO network to the VoIP and contact center services – and simple, predictable per employee pricing that allows the company to easily add more users and capabilities as their needs grow.

“A cost-efficient and scalable communications infrastructure is crucial for any business operating in highly competitive markets like ours,” said John Bamforth, chief technology officer at 1-800-Registry. “A key advantage of the integrated Hosted PBX and Cloud Contact Center solution from XO Communications for us is that it required no capital expenditure and helped lower operational costs. But its best benefits are reliability and we don’t have to manage it because XO does that for us. We are firm believers in using cloud-based services and XO demonstrated that their solution provides the performance and reliability we need.”

The features of the XO solution for 1-800-Registry includes a full range of advanced IP Telephony, contact center and unified communications applications the company needs to keep connected with its customers. XO Hosted PBX comes complete with voice and network services, IP desktop phones, and direct access enterprise voice calling features including click to call, forward, transfer, single number reach, and anywhere access to communications. 1-800-Registry also benefits from the cloud-based contact center service which provides a virtual contact infrastructure to support its call center agents and is fully integrated with the company’s Salesforce.com system giving them instant access to client account information when they call.

“We are pleased that 1-800-Registry has entrusted XO Communications to help them simplify their communications infrastructure and deliver both cost savings and operational efficiencies,” said Don MacNeil, chief marketing officer at XO Communications. “With businesses like 1-800-Registry adopting cloud-based solutions, it’s clear that IT professionals understand the compelling advantages of cloud-based VoIP and contact center solutions and are making the right strategic decision to outsource important business functions to trusted providers like XO Communications.”

XO expanding its international network to include European IP/MPLS IP-VPN nodes

XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced that it is expanding its international network services capabilities to include European IP/MPLS IP-VPN nodes, plus access to 48 countries throughout Europe, Asia/Pacific, North America, and South America as well as the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Once complete, the expansion will enable XO Communications to offer its enterprise and carrier customers Dedicated Internet Access, Ethernet, MPLS IP-VPN and Private Line services to more locations around the world.

By expanding its international services capabilities to better address the needs of its growing base of customers with both domestic and international operations, XO Communications can provide even broader global network coverage for a wide range of connectivity and wide area network solutions across the globe. In addition to Europe, XO Communication

XO Q2 2010

XO Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results

XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced its second quarter 2010 financial and operational results.Adjusted EBITDA was $40.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, an increase of $3.4 million compared to the year-ago period. Net loss in the second quarter of 2010 was $1.2 million, a decrease of 80% compared to the net loss of $6.0 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2010 was $383.6 million, a decrease of $2.0 million, or 1%, compared to the year-ago period. This decrease primarily resulted from targeted price increases within XO’s wholesale long-distance services, which were implemented to improve margins on selected routes.

The company continues to closely monitor and react to the impact of macro-economic conditions on our industry and customers. “While we, like other wireline telecommunications services providers, continue to face short term challenges, we remain bullish on the long term potential for the company,” said Carl Grivner, chief executive officer of XO Communications.

Financial Results
($ in millions) Q2 2010 Q1 2010 Q2 2009
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Revenue $ 383.6 $ 369.5 $ 385.6
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Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 40.5 $ 30.6 $ 37.1
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Adjusted EBITDA % (2) 11% 8% 10%
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Net Loss $ (1.2) $ (16.6) $ (6.0)
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Preferred Stock Accretion $ (17.7) $ (20.2) $ (19.9)
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Net Loss Allocable to Common Shareholders $ (18.9) $ (36.8) $ (25.9)
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Capital Expenditures $ 57.6 $ 64.2 $ 51.4
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(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure. See the footnote
discussion accompanying the financial statements.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA % is adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. See the
footnote discussion accompanying the financial statements.

Revenue
In the second quarter of 2010, XO’s Broadband offerings generated $220.0 million in revenue, an increase of $24.6 million, or 13%, from the year-ago period. This increase resulted from the continued growth in XO’s diverse broadband offerings, such as IP-VPN, IP Flex, Ethernet and Dedicated Internet Access services.
The revenue growth in XO’s Broadband services is partially offset by the year-over-year decrease in Integrated/Voice and Legacy TDM services. Revenue for Integrated/Voice Services during the second quarter of 2010 was $56.8 million, a decrease of $17.7 million, or 24%, compared to the year ago period. This category is inclusive of XO’s wholesale long distance offering, Carrier Long Distance Termination (CLDT), which declined $4.2 million compared to the year-ago period. This decline was the result of aforementioned targeted price increases implemented to improve margins on selected routes.