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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