Suppliers

A Passionate Commitment to Inclusion

We believe in diversity and inclusion across our organization, from our corporate offices to our network engineers and field technicians to our supply chain. We know that the key to delivering innovative, competitive communications services is to have a supply base that’s as diverse as the communities we serve.

As part of our sourcing process, our supplier diversity program identifies and recruits qualified, diverse-owned businesses committed to delivering uncompromising quality and competitive pricing. We are focused on casting the widest net we can when it comes to sourcing talent, and we continually seek new opportunities to work with business owners who are women, veterans, minorities, LGBTQIA+ or disabled.

To ensure we are giving everyone an opportunity to partner with us, we have launched an online portal and supplier tracking database for easy access to certified diverse supply partners. We have also established the Frontier Supplier Diversity Council. Comprised of members from our Executive, Procurement and Supplier Diversity teams, this group leads our company’s collaboration efforts with community-based organizations in support of the Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises, Veteran Business Enterprises and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender-Owned Business Enterprises.

"Developing a diverse supply chain empowers a workforce that represents the diverse communities in which we operate and advances our purpose: Building Gigabit America."

Building Powerful Partnerships

We have developed an extensive national supplier community with thousands of partners who provide services as needed to meet and support the expectations of our shared customers. Our open and collaborative partnerships are essential to ensuring mutual long-term business success and strengthening relationships.

We provide a number of resources to help support our suppliers and increase exposure with our customers, including our robust Supplier Lifecycle Management tool that enables easy self-service registration and account maintenance.

Taking the Lead in California

Ranked #1 in Diversity by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the Telecom/Broadband category.

The only company in the Telecom/Broadband category to achieve all CPUC goals for procurement from Women-, Minority-, LGBT- Disabled- and Veteran-owned businesses.

Ranked #2 in Diversity spend for the state of California. This is the fifth year in a row that we have ranked in the Top Ten. We are the only Telecom/Broadband Utility company to rank in the Top Ten.

Our Supplier Requirements

We want to partner with you if your organization:

  • Provides high-quality products and services
  • Is customer focused
  • Provides competitive pricing

 

Our ideal suppliers:

  • Have authorized certifications (see below)
  • Present innovative business solutions
  • Are agile and scale quickly
  • Assist with standardization of materials and services across our footprint
  • Support a culture of diversity and community engagement
 
 

Our Supplier Registration Process

We ask suppliers wishing to partner with us to register through our supplier management portal.

  • Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation stating that your registration is under review.
  • If approved, your organization will be active in our supplier database.
  • If there is a need for the type of products or services you provide, our Strategic Sourcing team may contact you to assess your company’s capabilities and discuss potential opportunities.

Please Note: Registration in our supplier database does not certify you as an approved supplier. It also does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in sourcing events or guarantee a contract award.

Questions about the registration process? Contact supplierdiversity@ftr.com

Obtaining Certifications

We encourage all suppliers to obtain certifications from the appropriate third-party certifying organizations. The following are a few we accept:

"We proudly embrace diversity across our supply chain because it makes us a stronger and more innovative organization."

Ettienne Brandt

Ettienne Brandt

EVP, Commercial
With Frontier since 2022
Ettienne Brandt has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry across cable, fiber and wireless providers. He served as Managing Director, Commercial for the Consumer Division of BT Group plc. as a key member of the leadership team getting the BT brand back to growth. Previously, he served in a variety of roles at EE Ltd prior to BT’s acquisition, including leading the Enterprise P&L as Marketing and Commercial Director. He began his telecommunications career at ntl (now Virgin Media), the largest UK cable provider, and also worked in South Africa and the USA. Mr. Brandt holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Stellenbosch University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Vishal Dixit

Vishal Dixit

EVP, Strategy & Wholesale
With Frontier since 2022

Vishal Dixit has over 20 years of international experience leading strategy and commercial execution in telecommunications and technology. He oversees all aspects of corporate strategy, M&A and the operation of Frontier’s wholesale business. Most recently, he was a member of Vodafone UK’s executive committee where he developed the company’s successful challenger growth strategy, transformed its wholesale business and created industry-leading fiber partnerships. Prior to this, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Mr. Dixit served global companies in technology and telecommunications. He began his career with Intel Corporation in New Zealand developing software switches, and holds an MBA from the London Business School, U.K., and a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.