Shareholders of US fixed line operators CenturyTel and EMBARQ have approved the proposed merger of the two firms. More than 96% of the votes cast at a CenturyTel shareholder meeting were in favour of the merger, while the figure reached 99% at EMBARQ. ‘With these approvals, we have taken another important step forward to combine our companies, maximise our assets, and unite our employees to deliver additional value for our customers. The significantly greater scale and scope of our combined operations will better position us to take advantage of efficiency and growth opportunities in an increasingly competitive and challenging marketplace,’ said Glen F. Post III, CenturyTel chairman and chief executive officer.
Separately, EMBARQ has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to provide network maintenance services, including Remote Technical Support (RTS) for most of EMBARQ’s equipment across the company’s 18-state serving area. The vendor will deploy its Multivendor Maintenance solution to manage a variety of network platforms and service levels, enabling EMBARQ to use its own resources more efficiently and reduce operating expenses.