Frontier Communications plans to start providing messaging services this year to companies interested in outsourcing that operation, company officials announced today.
"IT managers and CIOs want to focus their time and resources on those applications that are strategic to whatever their business is," said Rolla Huff, Frontier's president and chief operating officer, during a teleconference this morning.
With the announcement, Frontier, a provider of data and voice transmission services, aims to expands its scope.
Frontier will use messaging and directory software from the Sun-Netscape Alliance, a collaboration launched last year by Sun Microsystems Inc. and America Online Inc.'s Netscape division to provide software for electronic commerce and other Internet operations.
Frontier also will use the Webtop remote access software from the Sun-Netscape Alliance and Sun hardware.
Frontier also will provide collaboration, calendaring and unified messaging services after it launches its messaging service, officials said.
Frontier's messaging service will be able to support millions of simultaneous users and integrate with a customer's existing software and hardware because it is based on open standards, officials said.
The service will be available in the fourth quarter for Internet service providers and will be rolled out to other Frontier customers in the first half of next year, Huff said.
Frontier plans to extend the service outside the U.S. once its pending merger with Global Crossing Ltd. is completed.