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Covista Communications, a facilities-based CLEC founded in 1983, has sold its customers and network assets to Birch Communications.
The deal marks Birch's 17th acquisition since 2006 as the company has transformed itself from a traditional CLEC to an IP telecom and managed services provider.
Covista serves business, wholesale and residential customers in 48 states, although most are in the Southeast, Southwest and northeastern parts of the country, fitting well with the Birch footprint, said Vincent Oddo, president and CEO of Birch.
"In addition, Covista’s Metaswitch-based facilities network, which has switching centers in Tennessee, New York City and Los Angeles, is complementary to our current service footprint while also adding some new markets," Oddo added. “This acquisition will strengthen the breadth and scope of the Birch IP network and will further enhance our hosted PBX, SIP trunking and wholesale service offerings."
Financial and other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.