Birch Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Operating Assets of AstroTel Transaction marks Birch's 14th acquisition since 2006

ATLANTA, Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider to small- and medium-sized businesses announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy the operating assets of AstroTel. These assets include the IP-based network spanning the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota and Bradenton markets on Florida's west coast.

"Birch welcomes the former AstroTel Customers, Dealers and Wholesale Partners with open arms. Birch and AstroTel are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for all parties," said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. "Birch has seamlessly transitioned thousands of Customers, Dealers and Wholesale Partners as a part of the 13 acquisitions it has previously completed since 2006 – no one in the industry has more experience completing this process and everyone will benefit from our proven ability to provide world-class service and back it up with world-class support."

"We are looking forward to welcoming the former AstroTel Customers, Dealers & Wholesale Partners into the Birch family," said Chris Aversano, Birch chief operating officer. "Over the last fifteen years Birch has earned a strong reputation for providing exceptional customer service. In addition, they will all benefit from a wider selection of voice, broadband and managed IT products and services."

Once completed, this transaction will mark the 14th major acquisition that Birch has completed since 2006. Birch's strategy is to significantly increase customer density and expand the reach of its state-of-the-art private IP-Network through both "tuck-in" acquisitions and organic growth.

About Birch Communications

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Birch Communications provides managed communications and information technology services to a target market of small and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas within 38 states across the United States. Birch services include local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, mobile voice and data, e-mail, voicemail, prepaid, and many other communications and information technology services. Birch voice and data services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology on the company's secure IP-Network rather than over the public Internet.

According to Inc. 500|5000 magazine in its 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2004 rankings, Birch was one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In 2010, Birch was also named the 7th fastest growing private business in Atlanta, and in 2011 as one of the Top 100 Private Companies in Atlanta, by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit www.birch.com for more information.

SOURCE Birch Communications



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