ERF Wireless, a leading provider of enterprise-class wireless broadband products and services, announced this morning that it acquired the assets and operations of Frontier Internet LLC and iTexas.net, both headquartered in Granbury, Texas. These transactions, which closed on the first of the month, are the fourteenth and fifteenth such acquisitions by ERF Wireless of Texas-based Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and include a combined existing customer base of more than 1,800 customers and over $1,300,000 in profitable recurring annual WISP revenue.
The acquisitions include 16 towers strategically located south and southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. These towers provide ERF Wireless access to a large geographic area that includes coverage in Hood, Somervell, Johnson, Erath and Parker counties within the Barnett Shale area that covers approximately 6,000 square miles of natural gas and oil production territory. The companyâ€™s new wireless footprint allows it to market its unique suite of wireless products and services to extensive oil and gas exploration and production locations, thousands of businesses and residents, and a number of regional and community bank charters.
Dr. H. Dean Cubley, Chairman and CEO of ERF Wireless, stated, “These Barnett Shale acquisitions complement our growing WISP operations that now cover over 160,000 square miles across New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. The accumulation of additional market service area in this rich oil and gas drilling territory will greatly enhance the value and recurring revenue generated from all of our oil and gas customers doing business in this market. We also expect to achieve significant market share increases in this growing rural region of the state from commercial, residential, regional and community banking customers, hospitals and clinics, school districts, and municipalities and government entities where we provide bundled wireless services, network operations, and wireless messaging services specifically addressing each entityâ€™s unique needs.”
Ike Thomas, President of Frontier Internet LLC, commented, â€œIn my opinion, ERF Wireless is in the process of executing one of the best business plans in the wireless broadband industry. By continuing to acquire strategically located networks in underserved rural America and marketing its products and services to oil and gas operations, regional banking institutions, and commercial and residential WISP customers, the company is building a solid foundation for long-term recurring revenue.”
Ronnie Franklin, owner of iTexas.net, added, “We’ve built a solid reputation in our markets and weâ€™re looking forward to experiencing the growth ERF Wireless will bring to our network by applying its oil and gas expertise to the Barnett Shale.”
John Nagel, CEO of ERF Wireless’ Oil and Gas Services Division, said, “These acquisitions add excellent coverage in the North Texas and Barnett Shale oil and gas market service areas. Combining these new towers with the company’s existing towers across the state gives us a very large footprint from which to market our secure high-speed wireless broadband networks, Mobile Bandwidth Trailer System (MBTS), VoIPNetâ„¢ phone system, monitored IP video surveillance, video conferencing and offsite data storage.”
R. Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of ERF Wireless and the companyâ€™s lead on merger and acquisition activities, commented, â€œWe expect to accelerate the acquisition of profitable wireless broadband networks in the second half of 2009, with primary focus on quality acquisitions that expand our footprint in the oil and gas producing regions of North America. Additionally, weâ€™ll continue to pursue opportunities in these regions that will allow us to provide services, support and technical expertise to a number of our other vertical markets, including regional banking institutions, healthcare enterprises, school districts, and municipalities and government entities.”