US telcos Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications have announced that they have been integrated and rebranded as SEGRA. In April 2018, Swedish investor EQT Partners completed the purchase of a majority stake in Spirit Communications and announced it would combine the Spirit assets with Lumos – which it had previously acquired for USD950 million in November 2017. Since that time, the two companies have integrated operations, have expanded their fibre-optic networks and made further investments in existing and new markets across nine states in the mid-Atlantic and south-east. Notable new markets include Raleigh, Greensboro and Fayetteville in North Carolina. The company’s Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) segment will retain the Lumos Networks name, however.