Shentel purchases nTelos

Published 1:08 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2016

EDINBURG —Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. (Shentel) announced Monday that it had completed its acquisition of NTELOS Holdings Corp. (nTelos), a provider of wireless communications services in portions of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Shentel, which provides services in Farmville, is a company that operates as a Sprint affiliate and will be using the Sprint brand name to offer service in the former nTelos service area, according to a press release.

“Originally announced in August 2015, this transaction more than doubles the Shentel wireless customer base and further strengthens and expands its solid partnership with Sprint. Now that the deal has closed, Shentel intends to accelerate its intensive integration activities in order to merge the two organizations,” the release stated.

“The most important news for customers is that Shentel will accelerate network upgrades in the current nTelos region throughout this year and next, which will give customers more coverage in more places, stronger signals and faster downloads,” said Christopher E. French, president and CEO of Shentel. “We have committed to invest approximately $350 million as part of the expansion of the network and plan to add hundreds of additional coverage sites to provide an enhanced and more complete network for our customers,” said French.