Lumen sells ILEC operations in 20 States to Brightspeed

Created October 13, 2022
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Lumen Technologies has closed the sale of its ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier) business in 20 states to Brightspeed. Lumen believes the transaction is a key step in its strategic plans to focus investments on driving profitable growth and places the company in a leading position to meet the world’s increasing IT demands for latency-sensitive applications and immersive digital experiences. The sale includes Lumen’s local fibre and copper network, voice and broadband services, as well as back-office support. Lumen says the sale also allows the company to sharpen its enterprise focus, support its accelerated quantum fibre deployment plan and drive growth on the Lumen Platform.

Lumen retains its ILEC assets in 16 states where it plans to continue to invest in bringing quantum fibre broadband to more communities. Lumen also retains its CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) networks, national fibre routes and associated networks in all of these states, as well as its international operations and strategic partnerships. The deal was given the go-ahead by the FCC approval in August 2022

“This is an important step in realizing long-term shareholder value while focusing our portfolio on the strongest growth opportunities, including investments in markets where we can concentrate our resources to reach more customers with maximum efficiency,” said Jeff Storey, Lumen president and CEO. “Brightspeed has acquired a business with a strong customer base, dedicated employees and a platform for future growth. I’m very proud of our team for their dedicated work in closing this transformational project.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.