Windstream 100G expansion enters second phase

Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN) says it has begun the second phase of its roll out of 100-Gbps coherent transmission technology on its long-haul express fiber-optic network.

Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN) says it has begun the second phase of its roll out of 100-Gbps coherent transmission technology on its long-haul express fiber-optic network.

The service provider announced its 100G deployment plans this past March. The initiative leverages Infinera’s DTN-X packet-optical transport system (see "Windstream picks Infinera for 100G long-haul express network").

The first phase covered about 5,300 miles and encompassed routes from St. Louis to Chicago, Indianapolis, Lexington, KY, Knoxville, TN; Atlanta, Memphis, and Dallas; and Chicago to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, the District of Columbia, and Ashburn, VA. The second phase will address approximately 4,100 miles by year's end. It includes routes from Chicago to Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis; Cleveland to Albany, NY; Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia; Atlanta to Charlotte and Ashburn; and Monroe, LA, to Memphis.

Overall, Windstream operates a nationwide fiber and IP network as well as 27 data centers. The upgrade will enable the carrier to support delivery of reliable 100 Gigabit Ethernet services.

"Windstream, with our 'smart solutions, personalized service' brand promise, is committed to meeting the rapidly expanding data needs of our enterprise customers, and our high-capacity, low-latency long-haul network reflects that commitment," said Randy Nicklas, executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Windstream. "The Infinera platform we are deploying enables Windstream to rapidly provision network services that support our customers' critical applications in a highly reliable and secure way."

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