Unified Windstream/PAETEC Coverage Map

December 6th, 2011 by · 4 Comments

Following quickly on the heels of the closing of the PAETEC deal, Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) has a new network map on its website illustrating the newly unified asset base and LEC coverage areas.  It brings together the combined footprints of KDL, Norlight, NuVox, and PAETEC, the data centers of its Hosted Solutions division, and of course the rural ILEC footprint:

As you can see, the overlap is really quite good, although it is clear that there are some fiber holes yet to fill: the Rockies, the West Coast and Florida for instance.  Now that 360Networks is no longer on the market, the two big west coast assets that could help Windstream further along this path would be TelePacific or Integra Telecom, with the latter being the most likely to be available.  I’d also think some cloud/data assets in California might be on the menu at some point.

But for now, the company will be integrating it all together and that obviously means layoffs.  One report has 280 expected over the next few quarters, including 52 in Rochester.   I’ll bet that won’t be the last round though.

The company’s wholesale division has a less cluttered map without the service territories:

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  • James says:

    A trusted source tells me they’ve already been cutting heads. An entire region of channel folks who were above 100% for the year were let go, with little to no knowledge of how the PAETEC channel operates in the region. If this is an example of things to come it’s going to be an extremely bumpy ride.

  • Ryan says:

    Windstream needs more than ELI. There are still going to be holes they need to fill with leased fiber from say L3 if available. The other problem is a lot of their network is regional and not Long Haul. So they have to reconfigure a lot of the assets to compete for the major national business. Lastly they lack International.

    What they really need is to merge with someone else. Sprint is out because they are a mess and too expensive. T and V are too big already and couldn’t make it through the regulatory. Frontier is still realing from the Verizon line purchase. CenturyLink is the closest bet. Both have great balance sheets, good dividends, good datacenter practices. CTL needs to infill the east region with KDL/Intellifber assets. Windstream needs major national and international. The two combined would rival at&t in the US for footprint. Leaving them in a strong enough financial position to take out sprint. Or continue with acquisitions like Zayo, PacNet, etc. So I predict at some point the marriage of #3 and #4 to create a strong contender that could move up.

    BTW with CenturyLink, Windstream, and Sprint together they would be the largest provider of Business Networking by revenue in the world. Above at&t.

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