Windstream Wholesale extends dark fiber reach to the East Coast

Feb. 20, 2024
The new “Beach Route” will add another fiber option for customers connecting to new sub-sea optical cables.

Windstream Wholesale is taking another step forward to challenge the wholesale services market by constructing its new dark fiber route, which it has dubbed the “Beach Route.” 

Consisting of 864-count buried fiber, the new route stretches 651 route miles across a unique path down the East Coast of the United States. The northern section, covering 459 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, is now complete, equipped, and ready for immediate service.

As a platform that offers diverse connectivity options, the Beach Route grants access to over 12 data centers and 14 government and military locations. The route could also be used to establish broadband expansion opportunities, including partnerships with municipalities, utilities, and cooperatives.

Through its partnership with adjacent providers, Windstream Wholesale’s Beach Route extends connectivity to Atlanta, Miami, and Charlotte, enhancing dark fiber network expansion opportunities. Leveraging the Windstream Wholesale iconnect customer portal ensures reliable and efficient network tracking with dark fiber monitoring and proactive ticketing, optimizing performance and minimizing downtime.

Joe Scattareggia, Windstream Wholesale president, said, “We’re not just expanding infrastructure; we’re redefining connectivity standards and empowering our customers on a monumental scale.”

Windstream Wholesale is also progressing on the southern portion and final segment of the Beach Route, adding 192 route miles of new conduit extending from Savannah into the Jacksonville Beach Network Access Point. Scheduled for service by the second quarter of 2024, this segment will provide access to two critical sub-sea cables, AMX-1 and PCCS.

As Windstream lights these segments, it will integrate this diverse route into its ICON network for 100G and 400G wave services scheduled for deployment in the second quarter of 2024.

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