US enterprise-focused telco Birch Communications has announced that its recently agreed purchase of selected assets and customers of alternative telecoms provider Primus Telecommunications Canada is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016. The statement adds that via the deal Birch will gain more than 250,000 business and consumer subscriptions – mainly based in Canada and including resold fixed/mobile telephony, broadband access, VoIP and managed B2B services. The transaction includes 20,000 customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition, the release says that Birch and Primus complement each other from a product perspective, each offering broadband internet, cloud-hosted PBX, dedicated data access, local phone, long-distance and a variety of wholesale solutions. Vincent Oddo, CEO at Birch, said: ‘With the addition of the Primus assets, Birch expects that a significant portion of its revenue in 2016 will come from its fast-growing fibre and managed services segments.’ The announcement continued: ‘We are excited about the expansion of our service footprint to include all of the major cities in Canada. A significant portion of our current enterprise customers do business in Canada and are interested in expanding their existing services due to our larger presence. Birch will be one of a select group of service providers who can serve businesses across both the US and Canada.’
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