North Carolina ILEC Buys Managed Services Provider

North State Communications, a large independent telco based in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, announced this week that it plans to acquire DataChambers, an information technology, managed services and co-location provider based in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"The acquisition advances our strategy to diversify our business and revenue mix and will strengthen North State's efforts in becoming the preferred provider of business communications and data solutions across the Triad and beyond," said Hayden McKenzie, Chairman and CEO of North State Communications in the December 15 acquisition announcement.

North State Communications is somewhat unique among Independent telcos in that it operates in a metropolitan rather than a rural area. The DataChambers assets will broaden North State's existing line of business Internet voice and data services.

DataChambers operates approximately 120,000 square feet of data center and disaster recovery space. The company is SAS 70 Type II audited and, according to the acquisition announcement "meets rigorous national standards" for safeguarding client systems and data.

"We are very excited to join the North State family," said Nicholas Kottyan, DataChambers CEO, in the announcement. "We believe that this combination will offer our customers the opportunity to grow with us, while providing additional value to North State's customers and shareholders."

DataChambers Record Management, which will be retained by the current owners, is not included in the purchase agreement.   North State joins a growing list of Independent telcos that have made data center acquisitions over the last year or two, including Warwick Valley Telephone, TDS Telecom, and Cincinnati Bell. These investment trends highlight the strategic importance of adding managed and cloud services capabilities to a telco's service portfolio. CHR Solutions is committed to helping our clients achieve this important strategic initiative.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 00:00
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