With one move late last week and another over the weekend, Windstream Wholesale has moved to augment the company’s connectivity beyond the USA. New nodes on its core network were added reaching north into Canada and on submarine cable routes heading east and south from Virginia.
On Friday, the Little Rock-based network operator announced an expansion northward up to Montreal, Quebec. On the other end is Cologix’s MTL3 data center and surrounding ecosystem of 400K square feet of space. The buildout leveraged existing fiber within the company’s portfolio, which derives, if I’m not mistaken, from the old Dominion Telecom footprint via the Intellifiber acqusition. Montreal has been one of the fastest growing infrastructure destinations in North America over the last year or two.
One of the other hot markets in recent years has been southeastern Virginia, where on Sunday Windstream Wholesale also announced an expansion. They have connected their core network to Telxius’s cable landing station of BRUSA and MAREA down in Virginia Beach, enabling them to offer ultra-high bandwidth connections. With MAREA heading over to Spain and BRUSA down to Brazil, the two new cable systems have added important diversity to infrastructure in the Atlantic. Windstream has long had significant depth in Virginia, also due to the Intellifiber acquisition years ago.
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