This morning Everstream and Windstream announced the operational turn-up of a longhaul 400GbE route. So far 400G has mostly been either within the data center, over short distances, or part of a trial. But the time has finally come to put the technology to work between cities.
Windstream Wholesale is providing a 400GbE wavelength between Cleveland and Chicago, leveraging Infinera's 4th generation coherent optics enabled by scalable routing from Juniper. Windstream Wholesale has been steadily adding both reach and muscle to its national fiber network for some years now. This deal is their first for 400GbE, but the product is ready to roll nationwide.
Meanwhile, Everstream is investing heavily in new fiber infrastructure in metro markets across the Midwest. The most recent such market they've talked about is St. Louis. By leveraging Windstream's longhaul capabilities, they will be able to tie those markets together and better address the bandwidth demand from enterprises across the region. If all goes well, perhaps Everstream will ride Windstream's 400GbE connections into additional markets, both within the Midwest and outward into other markets.
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