US operator TDS Telecom has sold off three of its Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) properties in North Carolina to Wilkes Communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Wilkes will purchase all of the operations in Barnardsville, Saluda and Fair Bluff, representing a total of 3,000 access lines. The agreement was signed on 30 December 2014 and is expected to close within 90 days; terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A subsidiary of Wilkes Telephone Membership Cooperative, Wilkes Communications provides services to residential and business subscribers in parts of seven counties in western North Carolina, including fixed voice telephony, broadband, pay-TV and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP).
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TDS Telecom is the US’s seventh largest ILEC by subscribers. As of 31 December 2013 TDS Telecom claimed a total of 587,700 fixed voice connections, down from 617,800 year-on-year.