Oxford Networks, BayRing Communications get state okay to merge

Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications have received state and federal approval to merge, creating the largest competitive telecommunications provider headquartered in Northern New England.

The new organization operates approximately 2,000 route miles of high-capacity fiber optic network providing access to nearly 50,000 commercial buildings, four robust SOC 2 (Service Organization Control) data centers, and direct access to all other major hub data centers throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The companies jointly announced plans to merge back in June, but were required to gain approval from state and federal regulators. The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved the merger in late August. Since Oxford Networks and BayRing are telecom companies, the proposed merger also had to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

The merger provides a sound strategic fit for both organizations, as Oxford has a solid footprint in Maine, while BayRing has a strong market presence in Southern Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The combination of Oxford Networks and BayRing enables both companies to leverage their strengths, including expanding their fiber optic network footprint, increasing the number of data centers it operates, and offering a robust platform of products to enhance services to their existing client base and continue growth throughout New England and beyond.

BayRing was the first competitive local exchange carrier authorized in New Hampshire and Maine and has been a premier provider of telecom and data center services in New England for over 17 years. Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, it owns a proprietary high capacity fiber network that envelops southern New Hampshire and extends from Portland into metro Boston.

Oxford Networks is an award-winning technology solutions provider based in Lewiston, Maine. With a fiber optic network backbone spanning from Bangor to Boston, and high-security data centers located in Brunswick and Bangor, Maine, Oxford Networks provides end-to-end technology solutions for companies in New England and beyond.