Birch is sprouting branches nationwide as it shops its way to a wider communications canopy. The highly acquisitive competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) provides voice and data telecommunication services to small and midsized business, as well as residential customers in about 40 US states. Birch Communications provides its services through commercial agreements with larger network operators such as AT&T, as well as through its own network. The company also provides dial-up and broadband Internet access in some markets. Its business services include inbound toll-free access, hosted voicemail and unified messaging packages, and wiring installation and repair.
Birch has facilities in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia; Emporia, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Fast-growing Birch has made some 20 acquisitions since 2006, in large part to build customer density across the states it serves. In early 2013 it announced plans to acquire select customer and network assets from Tennessee telecom services provider Covista Communications; the purchase will complement Birch's current operations while adding some new markets. This planned transaction follows on the heels of two Florida-based acquisitions in 2012: DayStar Communications, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider serving southwest Florida, and AstroTel, an IP-based network that covers the Florida west coast markets of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, and Bradenton.
In 2011 Birch bought the assets of Dallas-based phone company Accutel. The purchase complemented the company's preceding investment in the state, which included the extension of its network in Dallas and other major cities there. The company also acquired the assets of Orlando, Florida-based CLEC Cordia Communications and its affiliate brands MyTel and Northstar Telecom that year. The deal added about 55,000 residential and business access lines in 24 states.
Birch had a busy acquisition schedule in 2010, expanding its service area nationwide with the purchases of assets from three regional phone service providers -- Tennessee Telephone Service, Kansas-based American Fiber Network, and Maryland-based CloseCall America. – less