Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications to Merge

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2015

Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications Announce Strategic Growth Plan

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Lewiston, Maine – Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications announced today that the two companies have agreed to merge. The combined entity will be the largest competitive telecommunications provider headquartered in Northern New England. The new organization will operate approximately 2,000 route miles of high-capacity fiber optic network providing access to nearly 50,000 commercial buildings, four robust SOC 2 (Service Organization Control) data centers, and direct access to all other major hub data centers throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  The merger provides an outstanding strategic fit as Oxford has a solid footprint in Maine, while BayRing has a strong market presence in Southern Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

According to Oxford Networks’ President and CEO Craig Gunderson, the combination of Oxford Networks and BayRing will enable both companies to leverage their strengths, including existing fiber optic networks, data centers and a robust platform of telecom products to expand services to their existing client base and continue growth throughout New England and beyond.

“Over the past 15 years, Oxford Networks and BayRing have followed similar strategies; building world class fiber optic networks, making investments in cutting edge data center and telecom technologies and providing a superior customer experience. This strategic partnership will allow the companies to leverage a significantly larger fiber network and data center infrastructure,” said Gunderson.  “Customers will see a rapid expansion and evolution of products and services.”

BayRing Communications’ President Ben Thayer stated, “BayRing’s singular focus has always been to provide our clients with the most advanced telecom and data services coupled with the highest level of support. This merger allows BayRing and Oxford Networks to expand on this successful model and the combined organization to exceed the evolving technology needs of our customers.”

Ted Mocarski, Novacap partner and Chairman of Oxford Networks’ Board, commented, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement between Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications.  We are impressed with the leadership, technology assets, and culture of both companies.  Each organization has enjoyed significant success by focusing on local, high touch customer service.”  According to Mocarski, the merger is part of Novacap’s continuing long-term strategic plan to offer world-class technology services to businesses in New England and beyond.  The transaction is subject to necessary regulatory approval, including approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

BayRing was the first competitive local exchange carrier authorized in New Hampshire and Maine and has been a premier provider of telecom and data center services in New England for over 17 years. Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, BayRing owns a proprietary high capacity fiber network that envelops southern New Hampshire and extends from Portland into metro Boston. Additionally, BayRing operates two data centers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  BayRing’s experience, combined with its extensive network and data center assets, enable BayRing to provide mission critical phone, internet and data center services.  For more information, visit www.bayring.com.

Oxford Networks is an award-winning technology solutions provider based in Lewiston, Maine. With a fiber optic network backbone spanning from Bangor to Boston, and high-security data centers located in Brunswick and Bangor, Maine, Oxford Networks provides end-to-end technology solutions for companies in New England and beyond. The combined companies’ services and products include:  Data Center Services, Managed IT Services, Voice, Internet, and Carrier Services. For more information, visit www.oxfordnetworks.com.

Novacap is one of Canada’s leading private equity firms.  Since 1981, Novacap’s distinct partnership approach, based on leveraging its operational expertise, has helped its portfolio companies accelerate their growth and maximize their value.  Novacap typically works closely with management to build on core strengths, explore industry consolidation, and further develop the portfolio company’s technology, operations, and market with an eye on generating superior rates of return.  Novacap ranks among the top private equity firms in North America.  For more information, visit www.novacap.ca.

Media Venture Partners (MVP) served as the exclusive financial advisor to BayRing in this transaction.  MVP is an investment banking firm serving companies in the communications, technology, media and renewable energy sectors with a comprehensive array of services, including merger and acquisition advisory, debt and equity financing, and restructuring advisory.

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Customer Success Story – E.J. Prescott

E.J. Prescott is a leading provider of water, sewer, drain and gas products headquartered in Gardiner, Maine.  They are committed to providing customers and vendors quality  service and innovative technology through the creative talents and abilities of their employees.

Dan Willette – CIO, Everett J. Prescott Inc.

Learn more about EJP and Oxford Networks HighAvailability Disaster Recovery solution here: 


Oxford Networks Gives Back – American Heart Association

Oxford Networks is a proud supporter of the 2014 Central Maine Heartwalk.  Team Oxford Networks exceeded its goal of $2500 and raised a total of  $2,920.00, coming in 3rd place overall for total team fund raising.  The employees of Oxford Networks both walked in and donated money through the company Wednesday Jeans Day program to support this important organization.  AHA_LIW_K+R

The goal of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is to promote physical activity to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For more information about the American Heart Association visit www.heart.org

Oxford Networks Profile Todd DeWitt – VP of Engineering & Chief Security Officer

Todd3Todd DeWitt serves as the VP of Engineering and Chief Security Officer for Oxford Networks.  Primarily, his role in Engineering is to lead the team that designs and builds all aspects of the network and the network services for Oxford Networks.

As CSO, DeWitt is responsible for the organization’s security posture, both physical and digital. This includes managing the development and implementation of policy, procedure, standards, and guidelines to ensure the security, availability, and confidentiality of all Oxford Networks systems.

DeWitt joined Oxford Networks in 1999 as the Network Administrator.  In 2000, he was promoted to General Manager of Internet Services and tasked with finding technology that would propel Oxford Networks from a traditional “Telephone Company” into an Internet Services company.  In 2001, Oxford Networks took two pioneering steps that would define the company as it today; building physical network outside of it’s incumbent territory and deploying that network as Fiber-to-the-Premise.

DeWitt resides in Auburn with his wife Lorna and has two children – Aaron and Emily.  Todd is an avid long distance runner and Triathlete.

Important GNU Bash Shell Information

On September 24, 2014, Oxford Networks became aware of a vulnerability in the GNU Bash shell. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to inject commands into a Bash shell, depending on how the shell is invoked. The Bash shell may be invoked by a number of processes including, but not limited to, telnet, SSH, DHCP, and scripts hosted on web servers.  Oxford Networks took immediate action to identify and mitigate all vulnerabilities within our network.  At this time, all critical systems are patched or supportive documentation has been provided from vendors. Should you have further questions, please contact our Technical Assistance at 1.866.948.2999.

Oxford Networks Unveils Large-Scale Data Center Expansion

For more information contact:
Julia Munsey, 207.356.0683

Matt Jancovic, 207.333.3462 

Oxford Networks Unveils Large-Scale Data Center Expansion 

Largest Data Center in Northern New England, Unique to State of Maine 

Lewiston, Maine (September 17, 2014) – Oxford Networks officially opened their expanded Data Center today at their high-security location at Brunswick Landing. The over six million dollar expansion has increased the computing footprint by a total of 10,000 square feet – and has resulted in 12 new highly-skilled positions. The Data Center is now able to better serve the needs of customers across the country looking to safeguard their business critical information against cyber threats, natural disasters and utility failures.

The event included key project representatives, legislators, business and community leaders with remarks from Craig Gunderson, Oxford Networks President and CEO, Governor Paul LePage, Steve Levesque, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Executive Director, Joe Picoraro, PC Construction Project Executive and Mitch Davis, Bowdoin College CIO.

The Data Center is unique to the State of Maine and is the largest of its kind in Northern New England. The expanded footprint allows Oxford Networks to offer additional collocation, cloud computing, data storage & backup solutions along with disaster recovery services. Maine-based customers such as Bowdoin College, Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) and True Textiles utilize Oxford Networks offerings to help keep their data secure and will be able to further benefit from this expansion. In addition to its Maine customers, Oxford Networks provides data center services for Polar Beverages, located in Worcester, MA and Associated Grocers of New England, located in Pembroke, NH.

The decommissioned Brunswick Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine was a natural choice for Oxford Networks to build their Data Center. “Our investment in our data center at Brunswick Landing has been key to our success as it is not only scalable, given the total size, but has inherent high-security features and infrastructure for a myriad of clients and market needs,” said Craig Gunderson, Oxford Networks President and CEO. “We are thrilled to be able to now offer existing and new customers expanded offerings in our unique high security data center. This facility is a great asset for Maine and will help drive economic development for the state.”

The design and construction of the expansion was a partnership with Integrated Design Group, 19 Technologies and PC Construction out of Portland and was completed in six months. The project also included $117,000 in incentives from Efficiency Maine to install a high-efficiency uninterruptible power supply system, along with six high-efficiency computer room air conditioners that take advantage of outside air during cold months to reduce energy consumption. Consistent and proper air temperature is critical to keep servers from malfunctioning. These upgrades make Oxford Networks one of the most reliable technology service providers in New England in terms of redundancy and data security.

Governor Paul LePage commented, “Oxford Networks is a perfect example of a Maine business that is constantly looking for innovative ways to meet market needs. From their initial investment in the facility and repurposing of Brunswick Landing to their constant focus on what is next in the world of data security, they are an amazing example of the type of innovative companies we want to grow in Maine.”

About Oxford Networks:

Oxford Networks is an award winning technology solutions provider based in Lewiston, Maine. With a fiber optic network backbone running from Bangor to Boston, and a high-security data center located in Brunswick, Maine, Oxford Networks provides end-to-end technology solutions for companies around the world. Oxford Networks services and products include: Data Center Services, Managed IT Services, Voice, Internet, and Carrier Services. For more information visit www.oxfordnetworks.com




Oxford Networks Fact Sheet (PDF)
Data Center Expansion Project Fact Sheet (PDF)
Oxford Networks Data Center Expansion Press Release (PDF)

[Video] Oxford Networks Data Center Expansion Update #5

For the 5th installment of the Oxford Networks Data Center Update, we talk with Todd DeWitt, Oxford Networks VP Engineering / Chief Security Officer, and PC Construction Project Superintendent Mike LaPointe. We learn more about how the Data Center is tied in with Oxford Networks’ high security, state-of-the-art fully redundant fiber optic network and get an update on construction progress as the project nears completion.

Customer Success Story: MCHO

As a startup health insurance organization, MCHO was able to call the shots when it came time to design their IT infrastructure. They chose a cloud path that was practically hardware free, while keeping their virtualization expansion alive in Oxford Networks’ data center. And they haven’t looked back since.

 It was good to be working with a local partner that had the facilities to service us at a virtualized level, and provide the security and infrastructure that we needed.” 

– Will Kilbreth, CIO, MCHO

United Way Touch-A-Truck 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd, Oxford Networks particpiated in the United Way of Androscoggin County Annual Touch-A-Truck Event at Central Maine Community College. More than 1,900 children and parents were in attendance and around 30 vehicles were on display for children of all ages to see and touch. Owner/operators of all vehicles were also in attendance including Oxford Networks’ own CLEC Field Services Supervisor, Mike Clinton, to answer the many questions and do live demonstrations.