Verizon completes purchase of XO Communications fiber business

As part of the company's continual plans to build and deliver next-generation networks, Verizon Communications Inc announced it has completed the $1.8 billion purchase of XO Communications' fiber-optic network business.

Verizon's purchase and integration of XO's fiber network will help the company extend its suite of high-quality network services to its enterprise and wholesale customers. In addition, it will help the company in its plans to densify its cellular network, and to deploy new 5G technologies.

"This transaction with XO will bring significant benefits in how we deliver superior services to our customers," said John Stratton, Verizon executive vice president and president of Operations. "XO's fiber network will add ever greater capacity and reach to Verizon's networks, a combination that will lead to enhanced capabilities, better services and faster rollout of next generation communication networks."

Integration of all XO operations and facilities is expected to commence immediately. The company expects to achieve significant synergies by incorporating XO's fiber assets as part of its current network operations. Verizon anticipates the transaction will deliver in excess of $1.5 billion in operating and expense savings in net present value.

In addition to the fiber transaction, Verizon has entered into an agreement to lease certain wireless spectrum from former XO affiliate NextLink Wireless. Verizon has an option, exercisable under certain circumstances, to buy NextLink.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide..

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