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Press Release -- March 31st, 2011
Source: Birch Communications
Tags: Equipment, Expansion, VoIP

Birch Communications Begins Build-out of the Birch IP-Network in St. Louis

Birch continues its aggressive network build-out plans in 2011

St. Louis, Mo – Mar. 31, 2011-Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider to small-and medium-sized businesses, has begun the build-out of the Birch IP-Network in St. Louis, Mo. Birch will complete the initial deployment of this latest portion of its network by adding 11 central offices in the St. Louis metropolitan area in Q2 ‘11.

“Businesses are increasing their demand for broadband and managed communications services to stay competitive,” Said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. “The deployment of the Birch IP-Network in St. Louis will ensure businesses have access to the fastest broadband Internet speeds and innovative communications services well into the future.”

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide our existing and new St. Louis metro area business customers with fast, affordable, voice, broadband Internet, T1, PRI and integrated voice and data services," said Chris Aversano, executive vice-president and COO of Birch. "We plan to continue to expand the Birch IP-Network into more U.S. metro markets in the coming months. 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 in St. Louis is part of Birch's overall strategy in 2011- 2012 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-Network in many major markets in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

About Birch Communications
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with Operations Centers in Macon, GA and Emporia, KS, 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, 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 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:
Laura Wagner, Manager, Marketing
laura.wagner@birch.com
816.300.1519

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