Neutral Tandem Inc. is a company literally dreamed up at and worked on at Ron Gavillet’s kitchen counter.
Like many new ideas, necessity was the mother of this invention. Gavillet was struggling to make a business model for a new telecom company work, but one of the biggest obstacles was the cost and inefficiency of using AT&T tandems for exchanging calls with other carriers.
Worse yet, AT&T and others didn’t like competitors using their tandems, so they made service as unattractive and inefficient as possible.
Gavillet decided to build a better “neutral” tandem method for carriers to exchange calls.
With the support of investors, Neutral Tandem was born.
Carriers in Chicago swarmed the company for its services and historic growth rates were set, with Robert Junkroski and Rian Wren helping to lead the young company.
Today, Neutral Tandem switches nearly 3 billion minutes of traffic a month. It is connected to nearly 700 carrier switches and operates in 40 markets. It has become not just a critical component of the nation’s telecom infrastructure, but the redundancy it has built has helped fortify that infrastructure for homeland security purposes.
The company continues to develop unique services and options for its carrier customers.
HOW TO REACH: Neutral Tandem Inc.,www.neutraltandem.com or (312) 384-8040