Windstream expands fiber transport network throughout western U.S.
Windstream is expanding its long-haul express fiber transport network throughout the western United States using Infinera's DTN-X platform. This network expansion is part of the company's existing strategic capital investment initiatives and adds new fiber routes, connecting major markets across the country. In the first phase of this project, scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016, Windstream will add four major markets to its 100G long-haul network: Salt Lake City, Reno, Las Vegas, and the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area. The second phase of the project - expected to be finalized by the end of 2017 - adds 100G routes extending from the Bay Area to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Phoenix; and Phoenix to El Paso. In total, the new routes will add approximately 4,800 route miles to Windstream's fiber network, which currently spans more than 125,000 miles and is the sixth largest in the nation. The network expansion will offer wholesale and enterprise customers access to over 1,200 10G Points of Presence in 800 cities and more than four hundred 100G PoPs in many premier carrier hotels and data centers across the United States.