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Press Release -- December 16th, 2020
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Windstream Wholesale Completes Route from Salt Lake City to Portland and Seattle

Continuing overlay initiative increases bandwidth capacity of existing strategic routes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Windstream Wholesale, a leading provider of advanced optical solutions, today announced the completion of its diverse, high-capacity fiber route from Salt Lake City to Portland and Seattle.

"Our Data Gravity Index suggests the Pacific Northwest, and Seattle in particular, is expected to experience sustained growth in data gravity intensity through 2024,” said Tony Bishop, Digital Realty senior vice president of platform, growth and marketing. “The Westin Building Exchange is ideally placed to remove data gravity barriers, serving as the strategic regional interconnection hub linking the U.S. and Canada with Asia on PlatformDIGITAL®. We are excited by the new possibilities that the combination of Windstream Wholesale’s Network Hub deployment with us in Seattle and the new routes announced today will open up for customers looking to scale their digital business.”

This expansion will provide access from the Pacific Northwest to the rest of Windstream’s nationwide network. In addition, the route from Portland to Seattle sets the foundation for Windstream Wholesale’s expansion into the Hillsboro, Ore., landing station, expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. Hillsboro is home to numerous high-tech companies in what has become known as the “Silicon Forest.” Windstream is also lighting a diverse route connecting Portland to the Bay Area in the first quarter of 2021. This will provide two diverse paths from the Hillsboro and Portland markets connecting customers to data centers across the country.

“This new high-capacity route to Portland and Seattle was built in response to booming customer demand for bandwidth,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president of Windstream Wholesale. “Along with the network overlay, it will help ensure that Windstream Wholesale is positioned to meet our customers’ needs for high-quality, low-latency services across our most popular routes for years to come.”

This network expansion is part of an overall project to increase capacity to several major long haul routes which leverages flexible grid compliant open optical line systems featuring C+L band support and colorless, directionless, contentionless (CDC) ROADMs.

To view the Windstream network map, visit https://www.windstreamenterprise.com/wholesale/interactive-map/.

In addition to WavelengthsEthernet Solutions, and Dedicated Internet Access, Windstream Enterprise and Wholesale offers a range of complementary network and communications solutions to wholesale and resale customers, including SD-WAN Wholesale, proprietary OfficeSuite White Label, and Cloud SIP and PRI, that are collectively designed to help wholesale customers increase productivity, improve ROI, and win. More at windstreamenterprise.com/wholesale.

About Windstream

Windstream Holdings is a privately held communications and software company. Windstream offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. The company also provides premium broadband, entertainment and security services through an enhanced fiber network and 5G fixed wireless service to consumers and small and midsize businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Additional information is available at windstream.com or windstreamenterprise.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.

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Windstream Media Contact
Scott Morris, 501-748-5342
scott.l.morris@windstream.com

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