Impending changes as Shentel officially acquires nTelos

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Big changes are coming to nTelos. On Monday morning, the Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, or Shentel, announced it has officially bought nTelos.

This million-dollar deal officially closed Friday, and it more than doubles Shentel's wireless customers.

Monday morning, a new sign went up in front of the old nTelos headquarters in Waynesboro, which signals the first of many changes to come.

From live music, to a series of different events all year long, thousands of people flood the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville for a good time. Soon many will enjoy the same activities at a pavilion under a new name.

The Senior Vice President of Shentel Marketing and Sales Willy Pirtle says with $975 million, Shentel officially acquired nTelos and everything will be re-branded.

"Everything that is currently logoed nTelos will be Sprint," he said. "We are an affiliate of Sprint, so all of our marketing is done under the Sprint brand name."

Pending Charlottesville City Council approval, the new name will be the Sprint Pavilion.

As for nTelos Wireless customers, they don't have to do anything right away. Pirtle says customers will now have access to the Sprint 4G LTE roaming network.

"They'll continue to enjoy the rate plans that they have, they can continue to call the nTelos customer care and go into the nTelos stores," said Pirtle. "Over time, we will be reaching out to every single nTelos customer, both the nTelos branded wireless customers and the Frog branded wireless customers, and we'll be inviting them into our stores to migrate onto the Sprint billing platform."

He says the biggest change will be faster speeds and the addition of hundreds more coverage sites.

"We are going to invest $350 million over the next five years to improve the nTelos Wireless Network," said Pirtle.

There are 33 nTelos wireless stores and they will all be re-branded to Sprint this summer.

The deal means Shentel now has a total of more than one million wireless customers.

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