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Introduction

Communication service providers Birch and Fusion reached an agreement to merge their business services, and the joint company will concentrate on serving SMEs and larger business accounts.

Highlights

  • Fusion, an acquisitive service provider on a growth trajectory, is buying Birch in a bid to reinvigorate the company.
  • The two businesses have rolled up more than 30 service providers, a testament to relentless US competitive carrier consolidation.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the motivation behind Fusion's bid for Birch, and Birch stakeholder reasoning to value Fusion at a hefty premium.
  • Assesses the assets that Fusion and Birch each contribute, and the challenges they will face in merging the businesses.

Key questions answered

  • Does US competitive carrier consolidation signal further retreat, or is the segment turning the corner?
  • How do service providers like Fusion and Birch intend to focus their business toward more growth and better margins?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • More than 30 providers rolled into one
  • Birch access fiber a synergy to Fusion's cloud posture
  • Does industry consolidation signal retreat or turning the corner?

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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