Austin, Texas -- Competitive local-exchange carrier Time
Warner Telecom last week inked a two-year deal with IXC Communications Inc., enabling it
to offer long-distance services to its business customers.
In the arrangement, IXC will provide domestic and
international long-distance; toll-free; operator-assisted; directory-assistance; and
calling-card services to Time Warner Telecom.
IXC will also provide end-user billing, back-office support
and customer service, executives said.
Officials said IXC's network will play a central role
in Time Warner Telecom's nationwide plan to connect several cities over the next two
months: Albany, N.Y.; Austin; Binghamton, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati and Columbus,
Ohio; Greensboro, S.C.; Houston; Indianapolis; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee; New York;
Orlando, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Antonio; San Diego; and Tampa, Fla.
Time Warner Telecom's business objectives include
access to private-line, switched, broadband and Internet services.