Windstream’s Metro Expansion Arrives in Georgia

September 1st, 2016 by · 6 Comments

Windstream has been adding to its metro infrastructure this year, and we’ve been learning about it city by city.  The company has kicked off September by talking about its expansion plans down in Atlanta.  

ScreenHunter_59 Sep. 01 09.43Windstream will be adding additional network (both via fiber and fixed wireless) in the Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead/Lenox Square, Alpharetta, and Roswell sections of Atlanta.  They already have a fairly extensive network in Atlanta, but the additional reach will give them more reach into the enterprise market throughout the metro area.  One customer mentioned in particular was Shaw Industries Group, which specializes in flooring supplies.

Two weeks ago, Windstream was talking about Chicago, and a couple months earlier it was Richmond.  Other metro areas on the list include Charlotte, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Cleveland.  Each of those of course lies outside the company’s ILEC footprint, as they continue to pivot further from those roots.


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Categories: CLEC · ILECs, PTTs · Metro fiber

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6 Comments So Far

  • I disagree. says:

    I’mma let you finish but Zayo has the best Atlanta fiber network of all time!

  • SFC says:

    Are they actually building out these new metros or are these dark fiber leases?

  • Anonymous says:

    With the CS&L arrangement, does Windstream own these new assets or will CS&L ?

  • Anonymous says:

    From Moody’s on September 12:

    “Windstream’s B1 corporate family rating reflects its scale as a national wireline operator with a stable, predictable base of recurring revenues, offset by high leverage, a declining top line and margin pressure. The rating incorporates our view that Windstream’s leverage will remain around 5x Debt to EBITDA (Moody’s Adjusted) for the next several years. We believe that Windstream faces a continued erosion of EBITDA and cash flows as a result of prior underinvestment. We expect EBITDA to decline in the low single digit percentage range for the next several years, although some of this impact could be offset by expense reduction or the benefits of greater investment into the consumer segment.”

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