Windstream Holdings (WIN) and EarthLink Holdings (ELNK) are discussing a potential all-stock merger, according to Reuters. The two companies, which offer a blend of consumer and business network services, had a combined market cap of roughly $1.2 billon as of yesterday.
Both Windstream and EarthLink have considerable experience in the data center and managed services provider (MSP) markets, but their businesses have been evolving dramatically.
More recently, Windstream has focused on cloud, network and managed services along with unified communications as a service for business. EarthLink, meanwhile, now focuses on voice, security and data services.
A potential Windstream-EarthLink business combination would "seek cost savings by combining their communications networks and infrastructure," Reuters reported. Windstream declined to comment on the Reuters report while EarthLink didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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