Our History

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in Boston in 1876. By 1884 long distance phone service had been established in Boston and New York City.

Only nine years later, in 1893, Oxford Networks innovative founder Alva Andrews ordered the necessary supplies – copper wire, poles and two hand-crank phones – to establish phone service between his family business in South Woodstock, Maine and the West Paris Railroad Station.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Officially incorporated as Oxford Telephone and Telegraph in 1900, Oxford Networks has grown from an independent local telephone company to a growing technology solutions provider. As technology has evolved, so has Oxford Networks. Growing strong with a team of highly skilled employees, a cutting-edge 2,000-mile fiber optic network, and five high-security data centers, Oxford Networks is now the largest competitive telecom provider headquartered in northern New England.

Innovation still runs deep at Oxford Networks.  That Yankee ingenuity and resourcefulness that inspired Alva Andrews is a big part of the company today.

 

  • 1900 – Oxford County Telephone & Telegraph Company Founded
  • 1981 – Oxford Networks acquires Bryant Pond Telephone Company
  • 1994 – Oxford Networks acquires properties from GTE, establishes Oxford West Telephone Company
  • 2001 – Oxford Networks completes Maine’s first facilities-based CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) in Norway
  • 2002 – Oxford Networks acquires Revolution Networks
  • 2004 – Oxford Networks becomes one of Maine’s only facility-based competitive providers of cable television, phone, Internet, and Long Distance
  • 2004 – Oxford Networks upgrades core backbone Fiber Optic Ring to OC-192
  • 2005 – Oxford Networks extends Fiber Optic Backbone to Boston
  • 2006 – Oxford Networks is named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine for the first time
  • 2006 – Oxford Networks upgrades core backbone Fiber Optic Ring to Dual OC-192’s
  • 2007 – Oxford Networks implements widespread Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) builds throughout the state of Maine
  • 2009 – Oxford Networks completes Bangor to Boston Fiber Optic Backbone build
  • 2010 – Oxford Networks is named one of the Best Places to Work for the 5th year in a row.
  • 2011 – Oxford Networks named Business of the Year by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and President’s Award Winner by the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Receives 2-1-1 Maine Leadership Award.
  • 2012 – Oxford Networks launches Oxford Networks Data Center located in Brunswick, Maine.
  • 2014 – IBM Beacon Award Finalist
  • 2014 – Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber Large Business of the Year
  • 2015 – Oxford Networks acquires BayRing Communications of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, nearly doubling in size, growing its fiber network to 2,000 miles and adding an additional two data centers to its portfolio
  • 2016 – Company wins IBM Client Reference of the Year Award for IBM Power8 sales
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