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
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
"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
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.