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Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2003
Headquarters San Mateo, CA
Key people
  • Frank Fawzi, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board
  • Andre Simone, Chief Financial Officer
  • Michael Jerich, Chief Commercial Officer [1]
  • Phil Bronsdon, Chief Technology Officer

IntelePeer is a privately held company based in San Mateo, California,[2] which provides on-demand cloud-based IP communications and SIP trunking services for unified communications systems, contact centers, and enterprises.[3][4][5][6]

The company is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.[7]

Corporate history[edit]

IntelePeer was founded as VoEX, Inc. in 2003[7] to provide core network VoIP services to large communications services providers, universities, large enterprises and VoIP applications developers.[8] The company was originally based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[8]

In July 2006, the company completed a series B funding round for $12 million led by Kennet Partners.[9]

In September 2006, the company moved its global headquarters to Foster City, California.[10]

In October 2006, the company introduced its SuperRegistry,[11] which combines interconnection call signaling and media translation, and ENUM Telephone number mapping registry capabilities to allow peering partners who participated in the SuperRegistry to complete calls with each other through direct digital connections to reduce long distance and international call expenses for customers.[11]

VoEX changed its name to IntelePeer, Inc. in September 2007.[2]

In September 2008, IntelePeer launched its AppWorx communications-enabling application development environment offering an application programming interface (API) based on Web standards like PHP and REST to help service providers and application developers to voice-enable their applications.[12]

In October 2009, IntelePeer joined the Microsoft Partner Program[13] to integrate its platform with Windows Live applications.[14]

In November 2008, IntelePeer completed a series C round of financing for $18 million.[7][15] The financing was led by new investor VantagePoint Venture Partners of San Bruno, California, with participation by existing investors.[7]

In May 2011 the company initially filed to go public.[16] In January 2012 the company withdrew its request to go public[17] and remains private at this time.

In December 2013 IntelePeer sold its voice peering business to Peerless Network, Inc.[18][19]


IntelePeer offers cloud-based communications services including SIP trunking solutions for enterprises and contact centers adopting unified communications systems.[20][21] The company's cloud computing technologies let users communicate via voice, videoconferencing, text, and rich media on whatever device they prefer to use.[20][21][22][23]

Products and services[edit]

IntelePeer Federation as a Service In the fall of 2012, IntelePeer adapted its approach to peering services by offering federation as a service, a mechanism for providers to connect across networks for contact centers and tier 2 and tier 3 communications service providers.[24] The service simplifies the ability to share IP-based communications traffic, including HD voice and video between networks.[25] It builds on the company's Media Peering Grid service that provides any-to-any connection capabilities and allows service providers and enterprises to cost-effectively interconnect and transport communications traffic, at a rate of more than 20 billion minutes annually based on Q1 2011 traffic.[26] The Media Peering Service uses the company’s hosted 10Gbit/s IP backbone network to provide direct digital connections between the more than 40 service provider peering partners.[12][14][27] These peering partners provide the ability to complete calls on telephones connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) for reduced cost compared to traditional inter-carrier connections.[12][14] IntelePeer delivers VoIP and SIP trunking services that connect unified communications UC systems such as Microsoft Lync.[28][29]

IntelePeer SuperRegistry Directory IntelePeer offers a SuperRegistry directory, with more than 400 million telephone numbers and end point identifying addresses,[26] that provides subscriber management and ENUM telephone number mapping capabilities[12] to exchange IntelePeer-accessible numbers and route calls between IntelePeer global peering partners, including service providers and VoIP communities in a secure manner.[12][14]

SIP Trunking for Unified Communications IntelePeer offers SIP trunking packages designed to replace traditional per-minute public switched telephone network (PSTN) services.[30] These SIP trunking packages provide connectivity that has been certified to work with unified communications solution vendors such as Avaya, Microsoft Lync, Siemens and Cisco.[30]

IntelePeer AppWorx Development Environment The IntelePeer AppWorx development environment provides APIs based on Web standards like PHP and REST to help service providers and application developers to communications-enable their applications.[12][14] The APIs serve as an interface between IntelePeer’s infrastructure and voice peering network, allowing developers to add voice features without having to tap into low level network protocols and application program interfaces.[12][14] The Telco 2.0 blog refers to this practice as “communications-enabled business processes, or CEBP.”[31][32] By providing familiar, standards-based APIs for developers, AppWorx environment and toolsets allow service providers and enterprises to reduce the development time and related time to market required to communications-enable their applications and processes.[12][14][33]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Channel Partners. "Former Level 3 Channel Chief Lands At IntelePeer." Jun 18, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b BusinessWeek. Private Company Listing. November 11, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  3. ^ Carol Wilson, Telephony Online. “Can You Still Market Voice to SMBs?” February 29, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  4. ^ Xchange Magazine. “IntelePeer Raises New Funding.” November 12, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Fred Donovan, FierceEnterpriseCommunications. "IntelePeer, BroadSoft, Taqua team to provide HD voice and video to VoIP customers." January 31, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Larry Hettick, Network World. "Zeacom, IntelePeer Unveil UC Portfolio Enhancements." July 9, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d Matt Marshall, VentureBeat. “IntelePeer raises $18M for telephony-Web platform.” November 11, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Kennet Partners. “VoEx, Inc. Raises $12 Million of Preferred Equity Funding.” July 12, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  9. ^ Link Silicon Valley. “VoEX, Inc. Raises $12 Million of Preferred Equity Funding.” July 12, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  10. ^ PR Web. “VoEX Establishes New Global Headquarters in Foster City, California.” September 20, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  11. ^ a b EDF Ventures. “The VoEX SuperRegistry and peering solution disrupts the voice market with dramatic cost savings and global reach for member carriers and providers.”
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Rich Karpinski, Telephony Online. “IntelePeer joins voice 2.0 parade.” September 12, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  13. ^ Erik Linask, TMCnet. “IntelePeer, Microsoft Drive CaaS in Web 2.0 World.” October 27, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Telco 2.0 blog. “IntelePeer: Reverse Engineering Telco 2.0.” February 13, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  15. ^ Om Malik, New York Times. “Why IntelePeer Snagged $18 Million in Funding.” November 11, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  16. ^ "EDGAR Intelepeer S-1". US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "EDGAR Intelepeer RW". US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
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  20. ^ a b “What is CaaS?” Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  21. ^ a b Joseph Hofstader and Charles Studt, Dr. Dobb’s Journal. “CaaS: Communications-as-a-Service – Voice and rich-media meet the cloud.” May 21, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  22. ^ Larry Hettick, Network World. "Pexip, IntelePeer announce videoconferencing advancements at InfoComm." June 18, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  23. ^ Fred Donovan, FierceEnterpriseCommunications. "Spotlight: Intelepeer integrates Vidtel's MeetMe into SIP trunking portfolio." June 13, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  24. ^ Larry Hettick, Network World. "Catching up with IntelePeer." Feb 26, 2013. Retrieved Apr 26, 2013.
  25. ^ Gary Audin, No Jitter. "Federation as a Service." Mar 29, 2013. Retrieved Apr 26, 2013.
  26. ^ a b Vision2Mobile. "Taqua Debuts IP Exchange Peering Application." May 23, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  27. ^ Tim Hills. Light Reading, Who Makes What: RESTful Service Delivery Platforms, Another Angle: Hosted/Managed-Service Providers. March 2, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  28. ^ Joe Schurman, Network World. "Microsoft Lync 2010 Announcement - Ushers in a new connected experience, completes Microsoft UC&C platform." September 14, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  29. ^ Paula Bernier, TMC Net. "SIP’s Tortoise and the Hare Story." Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  30. ^ a b Larry Hettick, Network World. "IntelePeer launches new bundled service offerings; Genband acquires Aztek Networks." Apr 10, 2012. Retrieved Apr 24, 2013.
  31. ^ Tara Seals, “Voice 2.0 Apps Open Opportunities, Threaten Incumbents.” December 11, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  32. ^ Telco 2.0 blog. “Voice 2.0: Beyond Unified Communications.” July 16, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  33. ^ Erik Linask, “CaaS, Connecting the World One Application at a Time.” April 14, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.