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Press Release -- April 11th, 2012
Source: Birch Communications
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Birch Communications Completes Acquisition of AstroTel Operating Assets

Transaction marks Birch’s 14th acquisition since 2006

Atlanta, Ga. – Apr. 11, 2012 - Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider to small- and medium-sized businesses announced that it has completed the acquisition of the operating assets of AstroTel, Inc. These assets include the IP-based network spanning the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota and Bradenton markets on Florida’s west coast.

“Birch has seamlessly transitioned thousands of customers, dealers and wholesale partners as a part of the 13 previous acquisitions. Everyone involved in this acquisition will benefit from our proven ability to provide world-class service and back it up with world-class support,” said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. “Birch is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for all former AstroTel customers, dealers and wholesale partners.”

“Over the last sixteen years, Birch has earned a strong reputation for providing exceptional customer service. Additionally, AstroTel customers, dealers and wholesale partners will benefit from the broad selection of voice, broadband and managed IT products and services that Birch can provide,” said Chris Aversano, Birch chief operating officer.

This marks the 14th major acquisition 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, integrated PRI, mobile voice and data, e-mail, web-hosting, 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 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011 rankings, Birch was one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

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

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