TW Telecom

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tw telecom Inc.
Type Public
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1993
Headquarters Lone Tree, Colorado, United States
Key people Larissa Herda, Chairman, CEO and President
Employees 2,862 (as of June 2010)[1]

TW Telecom (styled tw telecom), headquartered in Lone Tree, Colorado, United States, provides business class managed voice, Internet and data network services, specializing in Ethernet and transport data networking, Internet access, local and long distance voice, VoIP and security, to enterprise organizations and communications services companies throughout the U.S. and globally.

tw telecom was originally founded as Time Warner Communications in 1993 as a joint venture between US West and Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Telecom rapidly evolved into a business provider specializing in fiber-based last mile solutions.

In July 1998, Time Warner Communications became a separate entity and was reorganized into Time Warner Telecom LLC. In May 1999, the company had an initial public offering. Since 1997, the company has delivered communications services to medium and large business customers, including carriers and governmental entities. In March 2003, the company was one of the first in the country to introduce Metro Ethernet services, an expansion of the Ethernet model for building-wide communications networks. The metro capability basically expanded the use of Ethernet across a city or region allowing for seamless connectivity of locations that were on the same network ring. This capability provided for the expansion of offerings such advanced Internet, data and voice services.[2]

In July 2006, Time Warner Telecom acquired Xspedius Communications for $531.5 million, thereby gaining access to 31 additional metropolitan markets in the process.[3][4] Today tw telecom operates in 75 markets nationwide, with more than 27,000[5] route miles of fiber and more than 10,000 commercial buildings "on-net".[6] The company maintains two 24/7 NOCs (Network Operations Centers) located in Denver, Colorado and O’Fallon, Missouri.

On July 1, 2008, the company officially changed its name to tw telecom.[7]

On June 16, 2014, Level 3 Communications Inc. agreed to buy TW Telecom for about $5.7 billion in cash and stock.[8]


Dale Kammerich, VP of Sales for tw telecom, presents Telarus founders Patrick Oborn and Adam Edwards, with the top master agent (2010) award

Prior to its acquisition of Xsepdius, tw telecom sold its products exclusively through local direct sales teams in each of its markets. When tw telecom acquired Xspedius it acquired both the telecom assets (fiber routes) and the agent channel, which is still led today by VP of Sales Dale Kammerich.[9]


  1. ^ "Corporate Business Information". tw telecom. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ Goldman, Jeff (30 May 2007). "Backbone Directory: Time Warner Telecom Inc.". ISP Planet. Retrieved 30 May 2007. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Carol (28 July 2006). "Time Warner Telecom buys Xspedius". Connected Planet. Retrieved 28 July 2006. 
  4. ^ Curtin, Carole (31 October 2006). "tw telecom Closes Xspedius Communications Acquisitions". Telecom Channel Updates. Retrieved 31 October 2006. 
  5. ^ "TWTC tw telecom". tw telecom. Retrieved November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Current Metro Fiber and On-Net Buildings List". Telecom Ramblings. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Business, News (13 March 2008). "Time Warner Telecom to become tw telecom". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Level 3 to Buy TW Telecom for $5.7 Billion". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Teal, Kelly (15 Nov 2006). "Time Warner Telecom Starts Xspedius Channel Integration". Phone+ Magazine. Retrieved 15 Nov 2006. 

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