Lumos Networks adds new network route to Atlanta

Company hopes to provide an alternative redundant route to the I-95 corridor
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Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS) on Thursday unveiled plans to interconnect its network with another network partner in the Southeast, creating a new path from Ashburn, Va., to Atlanta.

Targeted at area service providers and data center providers that need access into the Southeast markets, Lumos and its unnamed partner said they are providing an alternative redundant route to the I-95 corridor that's been plagued by impairments and outages, including some weather-related incidents earlier this year.

Joe McCourt, executive vice president and chief revenue officer for Lumos Networks, said in a release announcing the agreement that the new route will provide two potential benefits: greater reliability and a set of higher speed optical services.

"We're excited to provide more reliability to those seeking to reach Ashburn from Atlanta and points in between," he said. "Interconnecting two major internet cities takes our already robust network to a whole new level.  Today, we can provide speeds to 10Gig wavelengths and larger configurations are expected in the next few months." 

Although Lumos did not reveal who its network partner is, the telco did say it plans to complete the network buildout, one it believes will facilitate a number of new wholesale, enterprise and educational opportunities, by Q4 2012.

Having aggressively built out its five-state, 5,800-mile Mid-Atlantic network via its own organic efforts and through key acquisitions, including the former One Communications' FiberNet unit and Allegheny Energy's fiber assets, the new route will be particularly attractive to its multi-site business and even wholesale wireless backhaul customers that want to expand their reach into the Southwest market.

Inside its own region, Lumos continues to become an attractive alternative for both enterprises and wireless operators alike. As of the end of Q2 2012, Lumos had 1,091 on-net buildings connected to its fiber network and doubled the number of FTTT installations, from about 150 at the end of 2011, to approximately 300 wireless towers.

For more:
- see the release

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