Windstream Wholesale adds 400G wavelength services on U.S. coast-to-coast routes

June 7, 2022
The fiber network services company adds that additional 400G routes are in the works.

Windstream Wholesale says that it now offers 400-Gbps wavelength services on four routes that connect the U.S. east and west coasts. The fiber network services company adds that additional 400G routes are in the works.

The four new coast-to-coast routes with 400G routes include:

  1. Ashburn, VA, to Chicago, Denver, San Jose, and Los Angeles
  2. Atlanta to Dallas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Los Angeles
  3. Seattle to Portland, San Jose, and Los Angeles with onward East Coast connectivity
  4. Chicago to Dallas and Atlanta with onward West Coast connectivity.

Meanwhile, Windstream Wholesale says that it is accepting orders for four other routes on which it plans to have 400G capabilities in the second half of this year:

  • Chicago to Atlanta and Miami
  • Chicago to Newark and New York City
  • Atlanta to Ashburn, Newark, and New York City
  • McAllen, TX, to Dallas, Memphis, Ashburn, and New York City.

The company adds that another wave of 400G routes is upcoming; Windstream Wholesale will begin taking orders for these in the third quarter of this year.

“The bandwidth demands facing large enterprise and hyperscale customers are expanding and evolving rapidly as the transition to cloud services and cloud computing accelerates, and Windstream Wholesale is enhancing our long-haul network to ensure we meet their needs,” said Joe Scattareggia, chief revenue officer of Windstream Wholesale. “We are cascading a phased approach that gives our customers time to plan as we continue to invest and enable 400G services across our entire core long-haul network.”

The new capabilities are coming online as Windstream upgrades its Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON). The company has conducted trials of 400G ZR+ optical modules, which it has co-developed with II-VI (see “Windstream Wholesale demos 400G ZR+ interoperability between II-VI and Acacia optical transceivers” and “Windstream Wholesale to co-develop 0-dBm 400G optical transceivers with II-VI”). Windstream has worked with 400G since at least 2020 (see “Everstream, Windstream collaborate on 400GbE transport capabilities”).

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