Have you seen the news report that the Windstream and Earthlink merger was approved? From the press release the merger will leverage both company’s infrastructures to strengthen their competitiveness and provide a better feature set to their customers.
That is all well and good but we have been through mergers before and they can be a very bumpy ride for customers when calling the support desk. Many times what happens is you call the company only to be transferred to another agent because the agent you called does not have access to your account. You then get transferred to another agent and you then have to explain your situation again or your call gets dropped and you have to start the entire process over again which really eats into your day. If your lucky, you will finally get ahold of someone that can help.
Mergers in Telecom are challenging. Just recently XO was bought by Verizon Telecom, we also saw Level3 purchase TW Telecom. Avaya a PBX phone system manufactures filled Chapter 11 bankruptcy and now Windstream merges with Earthlink? So while the merger sounds good, you need to watch out for the pitfalls and challenges a merger can bring to your day to day telecom account. It always helps to have a trusted advocate and resource.
I am confident we’ll see more and more mergers in the coming years especially with premises based PBX phone providers and hosted cloud based VoIP providers.
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