TelePacific has officially added Texas to its serving territory by completing its acquisition of Austin, Texas-based Tel West.
By adding Tel West to its fold, TelePacific gains three benefits: access to one of the fastest growing SMB markets, an established customer base of 3,600 business customers, and a fiber network serving six metro areas.
"Entering the Texas market is a strategic milestone for TelePacific," said Dick Jalkut, TelePacific's president and CEO, in a statement, adding, "we could not have found a better partner than Tel West to help achieve that goal."
As announced in May, day to day operations at Tel West will remain unchanged as the CLEC will retain its name and continue to be led by current president Jeff Swickard. The combined company's headquarters will be located in TelePacific's Los Angeles office and led by Jalkut.
David Hold, Product Marketing Manager, TelePacific Communications, said that for the next year "Tel West will operate in BAU (business as usual) mode under its own brand name and current executive leadership, while doing the necessary engineering work to integrate the respective networks and install the equipment needed to support TelePacific's current portfolio which includes Ethernet over Copper (EoC) based access to IP service, and its SIP Trunking service SmartVoice."
During this transition period, the Tel West's voice and data services portfolio will continue to be sold in Texas by Tel West and TelePacific sales forces in addition to TelePacific's TelePartner (Agent) sales channel.
Having made over eight acquisitions since 2002, three of which happened in just the past year, TelePacific now faces the challenges of completing the integration process not only of TelWest, but also Covad Wireless and its pending acquisition of Telekenex.
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