Windstream Wholesale says it will be expanding its core transport network out to the New Jersey shore in Q4. The company is adding capacity and lowering latency out to NJFX in Wall Township, a growing nexus alongside the landing stations for submarine cables to Europe and South America.
Windstream Wholesale has had routes to NJFX's facility already of course, including a unique route southwest to Ashburn that bypasses the NY metro area entirely. With this announcement they will be deploying more of Infinera's DTN-X gear on routes from NJFX to both Ashburn and NYC, promoting them from regional backhaul options to the company's core transport network.
With its expansion out to California over the last few years and moves like this one today, Windstream is further establishing its position as a national transport network as opposed to the regional collection of assets they might once have been considered. We can expect that process to continue as Windstream boosts its landing station connectivity on all fronts.
In addition, this morning Infinera announced this morning that Windstream will be deploying the vendor's C+L solution. That will potentially double the capacity on the company's core transport network by leveraging the L-band. Infinera has foundational elements of that solution ready now, with the full solution targeted for sometime next year.