Up & Coming Weekly

April 30, 2019

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MAY 1-7, 2019 UCW 11 SEGRA is the name of a new com- munications company made up of a pair of established affiliates. Lumos Networks Corp. and Spirit Communi- cations merged, and the two compa- nies have rebranded as SEGRA. It's pronounced with a short e — SEH-GRUH. "is new brand marks the official launch of a single company with a mission and culture that are dedi- cated to providing winning solutions for our customers," said SEGRA CEO Timothy G. Biltz. In April 2018, EQT Partners com- pleted the purchase of a majority stake in Spirit Communications and announced it would combine Spirit assets with Lumos. EQT says on its website that it "invests in good com- panies across the world with a mission to help them develop into great and sustainable companies." Over the last year, the two firms have integrated their operations, ex- panded their fiber-optic network and product sets, and made further invest- ments in existing and new markets in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. New markets include Fayetteville, Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina. SEGRA is powering organizations of all sizes with state-of-the-art voice, data and internet services. It has an advanced fiber infrastructure network of more than 21,000 miles that con- nects more than 9,000 on-net loca- tions and 44 data centers throughout nine states. It is one of the East Coast's largest fiber networks. e expanded company said its customers will begin to see the SEGRA logo on company vehicles, build- ings and elsewhere over the next few months. Baseball fields are a part of the identity process. SEGRA bought the naming rights for two SEGRA stadiums. SEGRA Park in Columbia, South Carolina, was formerly known as Spirit Communications Park. It is the home of the Columbia Fireflies, a minor league baseball team playing in the South Atlantic League. SEGRA Stadium in Fayetteville was patterned after the Columbia ball- park. Now they share a name. Neither SEGRA nor the city of Fayetteville would disclose the signature nam- ing longevity term or purchase price. Based on similar stadium projects, SEGRA's purchase likely topped the $1 million mark. SEGRA Park in Columbia and SEG- RA Stadium in Fayetteville both are 365-day-per-year multi-use sports and entertainment venues. ey were de- signed for baseball, concerts, soccer, football and other activities. SEGRA Stadium is smaller than SEGRA Park. e Columbia venue seats approxi- mately 9,000 for sporting events, while the Fayetteville stadium can accom- modate 6,000. "SEGRA is making an investment by expanding their business into Fayetteville, providing a state-of-the- art fiber network that will improve connectivity for current businesses and also potentially increasing our economic development efforts as we continue to attract new businesses to our city," Mayor Mitch Colvin said. e Houston Astros organization said that with SEGRA having the ballpark's naming rights and operating as its of- ficial communications services partner, the stadium may be the most connect- ed venue in minor league baseball. e new state-of-the-art stadium is outfit- ted with cutting edge 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi coverage powered by redundant 10 Gbps fiber connectivity, allowing fans to enhance their game-day experi- ence with seamless, lightning-speed video and social media, Houston Astros officials said. What is SEGRA? by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS

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