|May 16, 2008
While the world is talking about the concept of the convergence of telecommunications and energy, limited progress has been made to date. While synergy between the two industries is growing, there has not been a strong leader in the area of unified utilities. Recently two Texas entrepreneurs from the telecommunications industry decided to take on the task of using technology and a driving vision to bring unity to a fractured market.
John Ackelbein, founder of the uTilogy Group and partner, Ryan Rendleman, have teamed up with some of the strongest and best in both industries to provide the SME and Enterprise market with a ‘single source’ utilities platform.
uTilogy specializes in energy, both renewable and non-renewable and telecommunications. To assist in providing a high level of financial stability for the start-up phase, Ackelbein and Rendleman founded another company: Bexto which specializes in energy investments.
The basic uTilogy philosophy is to provide business with significant optimizations and cost-savings while offering stable, reliable services and products. In the telecommunications arena, even smaller businesses can take advantage of wholesale pricing on tier 1 services.
Besides filling a gap in the market and providing leadership in a developing trend, Ackelbein and Rendleman are committed to what they call ‘greening’. Essentially, this involves creating efficiencies, especially in the use of energy and other resources. While the uTilogy Group does offer green technology, products and expertise, they believe that many organizations can implement greening strategies without having to switch from traditional energy sources, at least initially.
“In many cases,” says Ackelbein, “that’s simply impractical. We look at creating efficiencies in other ways and giving the client the ability to monitor usage of resources using a variety of wired and wireless applications. Of course, if there is an opportunity for the client to incorporate green, renewable energy, then we offer this as an option. It has to make sense from both an environmental and fiscal perspective.”