Its parent company may be toiling away in the chapter 11 struggle with Aurelius and Uniti, but Windstream Wholesale hasn’t let that slow down its network expansion plans. This morning the division announced a new dark fiber route hooking up the Pacific Northwestern markets of Portland and Seattle, lighting it with more gear from Infinera.
The expansion caps an ongoing project that has tranformed a regional footprint into a fully national one. Back in 2016 they started out by crossing the Rockies from Denver through Salt Lake City through Reno to California in 2016, and then followed up with a southern route across the desert southwest through El Paso and Phoenix to LA and linked the routes from north to south. Now they’ve added a 1000 mile route from Salt Lake City up to Portland and Seattle, where they do have an existing metro presence.
All that’s missing now is a route up from California to the Pacific Northwest, but I’ll bet they’ve got something along those lines in mind already. But Windstream is also building overlay routes back east, recently taking aim at an upgrade of its Dallas-Atlanta route.
Infinera’s FlexILS system is of course powering Windstream Wholesale’s longhaul overlay buildout, leveraging C+L band support and CDC ROADM. The relationship has been a steadily expanding one for Infinera.
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