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Press Release -- January 24th, 2011
Source: Birch Communications
Tags: Equipment, Expansion, VoIP

Birch Completes Build-Out of Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Laredo Texas IP-Network

Birch achieves another major milestone in its network build-out
plans for 2011.

Atlanta, GA – Jan 24, 2011 - Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider to small and medium-sized businesses, announced today that it has completed the build out of its IP-Network in the Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Laredo Texas metro areas. Birch, which began serving business customers in 1996, completed the build out of this latest portion of its network by adding 27 central office connections in the Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Laredo metro areas.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to provide our Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Laredo metro area customers with IP-based voice services, high speed broadband services and other managed services," said Vincent Oddo, president and CEO of Birch. "As we continue to expand the Birch IP-Network into more U.S. metro markets, the advantages of using it to deliver advanced, reliable managed communication and IT services will become even more apparent to potential and current Birch customers. As business customers in many markets across the country have already discovered, they now have a clear choice if they want reliable, advanced telecom and managed services at a great value."

"The Birch IP-Network will provide businesses in the Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Laredo metro areas with fast, affordable, voice, broadband Internet, T1, PRI and integrated voice and data services," said Chris Aversano, Birch chief operating officer. "When businesses look at Birch, they see an unparalleled value proposition in price performance backed by unmatched customer support."

The Birch IP-Network is built with IP technology partners MetaSwitch and Zhone Technologies, recognized as premier, best-in-class IP equipment providers worldwide. This expansion into the Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Laredo metro areas is part of Birch's overall strategy in 2011 to provide the very best services using the latest technology in all of the markets it serves. Birch has now completed the deployment of its IP-based network in many major markets in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

About Birch Communications
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Birch Communications provides managed communications and information technology services to a target market of small and medium businesses in select metropolitan areas within 38 states across the United States. Our services include local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, mobile voice and data, e-mail, voicemail, web hosting, virtual private network, and many other communications and information technology services. Our voice and data services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology using our secure IP-Network rather than over the public Internet.

According to Inc .500|5000 magazine in its 2004, 2009 and 2010 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 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit www.birch.com for more information.

Contact:
Greg Corwin, Marketing Director
greg.corwin@birch.com
816.300.1686

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