February 07, 2014 08:34 AM — RIDGELAND, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C Spire announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Callis Communications, a fast-growing provider of cloud-based communications services for businesses.
Based in Mobile, Alabama, Callis serves customers in key business markets across the Southeast and, for the sixth consecutive year, has been recognized as one of the fastest growing telecommunications and cloud communications companies on the Inc. 5000 list.
As part of the merger announced in December, Callis customers will gain access to additional products, services and innovation designed to help their businesses grow and become more efficient. “Our customers will continue to be in good hands as C Spire brings its customer-inspired approach to their business technology and communication needs,” said Dean Parker, president and CEO of Callis.
The acquisition is the latest in a series of moves by C Spire that signal the company’s accelerated and expanded focus on innovative business, government and consumer technology solutions, including the expansion of 4G LTE service in south Alabama, launch of the nation’s largest statewide initiative to bring 1 Gigabit per second fiber-based Internet access to homes in nine Mississippi cities, and construction of a new $20 million Tier III+ data center that will offer a full suite of enterprise cloud services and solutions for businesses across the Southeast region.
“C Spire and Callis share the imperative of putting customers first, and this will continue to be our highest priority,” said Kevin Hankins, COO for C Spire. “Our service, along with our suite of wireless, IP Voice, Internet access solutions, and cloud-based infrastructure and enterprise software solutions will provide incomparable value.”
Started in 1999 as a paging provider, Callis became a facilities-based competitive local exchange carrier and Internet service provider in 2005, delivering private branch exchange service and IP based solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the Gulf Coast region. In 2009, Callis became a cloud-based unified communications company, providing hosted private branch exchange services, cloud-based telephony, data, security, email and collaboration services throughout the Southeast. The company is one of the founding members of the Cloud Communications Alliance, an industry peer association dedicated to fostering the growth of cloud communications.