GTE maps out electronic business strategy. Wins customers such as Scudder Kemper Investments, Cabletron and Carrier Corp. through its ability to offer bundled Internet services over its own high-speed network.
Editors' Note:GTE will be demonstrating its e-business services during Internet World at Booth #2007 in the Jacob Javits Center, New York.
NEW YORK - GTE Internetworking today unveiled the strategy that has helped it become the industry's leading e-business provider, helping large enterprises and Internet start-up companies move their businesses on to the Internet.
Over the past year, many companies have learned the hard way that they can not simply make their Web sites or Internet initiatives look good. They have to have the foundation, or infrastructure, to handle large amounts of traffic and complex transactions. To meet this need, GTE has built its own high-speed, high-capacity private Internet backbone, and is one of the industry's leading providers of Internet services including Web hosting, Internet access, security and VPNs (virtual private networks). GTE then partners with leading application developers and systems integrators to build the e-business applications. Established companies such as Scudder Kemper Investments, Carrier Corp. and Internet start-ups like Interact, Smart Online, and Duty Free Zone have all turned to GTE Internetworking to help take their business to the Internet.
"E-business isn't just about having a lot of 'bells and whistles' on an e-commerce Web site. It's about making sure that site stays up and running when millions of people are hitting it at once," said Paul R. Gudonis, president of GTE Internetworking. "Our customers have spent a lot of time building a reputation and brand awareness in a traditional marketplace and we want to help them protect that brand in the new online world."
GTE Internetworking is one of only three companies that can provide both the infrastructure and Internet services that makes e-business possible.
"When you are talking about offering your customers the opportunity to conduct and monitor financial transactions over a Web site, you need to make sure that site is available when they need it, and that it remains secure. That's why we chose GTE Internetworking," said Greg Titus, vice president of electronic commerce for Scudder Kemper Investments.
Success Through Partners
GTE Internetworking recognizes that one of its strength is in providing the infrastructure to support e-business, so it has partnered with those companies focused on application development and systems integration. Unlike other providers that have partnered with only one company to provide development and integration support, GTE Internetworking is working with multiple partners. To date, Hewlett Packard, Cambridge Technology Partners, Sapient Corp., Hill Holiday Advertising Inc., and Agency.com have all been working with GTE to win business. GTE Internetworking provides the technology services and infrastructure, and the business partners handle the development and systems integration.
Highlights of GTE Internetworking's E-Business Customers
network and high capacity Global Network Infrastructure (GNI).
Infrastructure is Key
Underlying technology and services are key to the success of any e-business initiative. One way to mitigate this potential risk area is for companies to work with Internet service providers that own infrastructure. Following are a few of the key e-business services GTE Internetworking offers:
- GNI - a 17,000 mile high-speed, high-capacity private fiber backbone that has been built to enhance GTE Internetworking's service and handle high-bandwidth applications.
- 11 Global Data Centers - facilities located around the world where customers' Web sites are hosted, managed and monitored 24 hours per day, seven days a week to make sure they are up and running at all times.
- Secure Web hosting service - GTE Internetworking bundles Web hosting and VPNs that allow customers the ability to grant secure access to an intranet or Web site.
- Internet security - GTE security experts have logged more than seven million hours managing and monitoring firewalls.
- Dedicated and remote Internet access - global access to the Internet.
About GTE Internetworking and GTE Corp.
GTE Internetworking, a unit of GTE Corporation (NYSE:GTE), offers customers, from consumers to Fortune 500 companies, a full spectrum of integrated Internet services using IP networking technologies. GTE Internetworking delivers complete network solutions, including dial-up and dedicated Internet access, high-performance Web hosting, virtual private networks (VPNs), managed Internet security, network management, systems integration, and Web-based application development for integrating the Internet into business operations. GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated voice, video and data services. Additional information about GTE Internetworking and GTE Corp. can be found on the Internet at http://www.gte.com.
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