Windstream Wins a Handful of DoD Fiber Deals

January 23rd, 2014 by · 3 Comments

In the category of federal fiber contracts won, Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) added a few notches to its belt yesterday. They’ll be providing fiber connectivity for three U.S. military bases under a five year, $1.6M contract.

windstream The three facilities are Fort Sill and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Kelly Field Annex in Texas. Each will get 2.5Gbps of connectivity, which will give the 167,000 people working at or transiting through the three facilities each year a bandwidth upgrade while there.

Windstream picked up substantial regional and metro fiber in the region with the PAETEC purchase. PAETEC had previously bought the McLeodUSA network, which had substantial fiber there. We have perhaps heard less about Windstream’s fiber since the PAETEC deal than we have about their cloud plans, but it’s still out there winning deals.  It does seem like it could be time for them to look west for another piece to their national puzzle.

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  • Anonymous says:

    You have mentioned in the past West expansion for Windstream may include XO or Integra. Do you have an opinion on who woudl be strong target for them if the go M&A. WAVE broadband has begun and aggressive buildout up and down coast as well

  • nonym says:

    $1.6m over 60 month is PR worthy? I hope there is $0 Capex required for this project. My recollection is they acquired nice assets and haven’t put them to much use. With the debt WIN carries M&A would appear to be a longshot. Wave has too many DF customers on cheap contacts and no collocation so big $$$. Integra would be more than a mouthful and is a better run company.

  • Anonymous says:

    I would Wave is not for existing revenue rather the network, teh absence of substanial customer vbase my make an easier integration. Word is they are building out multiple greenfield markets over th enext 2 years or so. Not a bad network to develop with Win product set.

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