15. Segment Information
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2017
|Notes to Financial Statements|
|15. Segment Information||
Operating segments are defined under U.S. GAAP as components of an enterprise for which discrete financial information is available and evaluated regularly by a company's chief operating decision maker in deciding how to allocate resources and assess performance.
The Company has two reportable segments – “Business Services” and “Carrier Services.” These segments are organized by the products and services that are sold and the customers that are served. The Company measures and evaluates its reportable segments based on revenues and gross profit margins. The Company’s measurement of segment profit exclude the Company’s executive, administrative and support costs. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in Note 2, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, of the audited consolidated financial statements included in the 2016 Form 10-K. The Company’s segments and their principal activities consist of the following:
Through this operating segment, the Company provides a comprehensive suite of cloud communications, cloud connectivity, cloud computing and managed cloud-based applications to small, medium and large businesses. These services are sold through both the Company’s direct sales force and its partner sales channel, which utilizes the efforts of independent third-party distributors to sell the Company’s products and services.
Carrier Services includes the termination of domestic and international carrier traffic utilizing primarily VoIP technology. VoIP permits a less costly and more rapid interconnection between the Company and international telecommunications carriers, and generally provides better profit margins for the Company than other technologies. The Company currently interconnects with approximately 370 carrier customers and vendors, and is working to expand its interconnection relationships, particularly with carriers in emerging markets.
Operating segment information for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 is summarized in the following tables:
The entire disclosure for reporting segments including data and tables. Reportable segments include those that meet any of the following quantitative thresholds a) it's reported revenue, including sales to external customers and intersegment sales or transfers is 10 percent or more of the combined revenue, internal and external, of all operating segments b) the absolute amount of its reported profit or loss is 10 percent or more of the greater, in absolute amount of 1) the combined reported profit of all operating segments that did not report a loss or 2) the combined reported loss of all operating segments that did report a loss c) its assets are 10 percent or more of the combined assets of all operating segments.
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