Windstream Corporation is an independent ILEC based in Arkansas that was created when Alltell (now Verizon Wireless) decided to spin off its local telephone division and merge it with VALOR Communications Group in 2005.

To offset ongoing losses in its traditional landline voice business, Windstream has set out on a path to transform itself from just another local telephone company and into a broadband and data company. That broadband and data mission has led Windstream to conduct a number of strategic acquisitions over the past three years, including independent ILECs D&E Communications, Lexcom and Iowa Telecommunications; CLECs including NuVox Communications and Norlight Telecom; regional fiber provider Kentucky Data Link; and a hosted provider, Hosted Solutions.

Unlike its fellow ILECs AT&T and CenturyLink, Windstream has been more conservative not only in its M&A approach, but also on the product front offering traditional consumer services (traditional voice, DSL and satellite TV) and a growing base of business and wholesale services (Ethernet, IP/VPN, managed services and fiber-to-the-cell site).



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Windstream ramps fiber, wavelength connectivity to data center providers

Windstream may be in the process of selling off its data center business, but the service provider will still play a prominent role in that industry segment by providing fiber and related wavelength services via its Carrier Solutions group.

Dycom sees potential revenue opportunities in CAF-II builds

While AT&T, Frontier, Windstream and other telcos have accepted funds from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), the network builds won't start really getting underway until early next year, but when they do move forward Dycom is ready to be a big part of those projects.

Windstream extends 500G optical network to Miami

Windstream is advancing its 500G network push, announcing that it has extended the long-haul core network into Miami to fulfill greater demands from its cloud and content provider customers.

Nelnet challenges Windstream, TWC in Lincoln, Neb. with new 1 Gbps service

Lincoln, Neb.-based NeInet is looking to shake up the city's cable and telco broadband duopoly of Windstream and Time Warner Cable with plans to offer a 1 Gbps FTTH service for residential customers.

Windstream to begin 1 Gbps trial in December, sees broadband growing through 2017

Windstream will begin 1 Gbps FTTH service trial with plans for a broader roll out to follow in 2016 in markets where it has previously built fiber to homes.

Windstream sets Western market expansion with 500G route from Denver to Chicago and Dallas

Windstream is laying a foundation to expand its wholesale service presence in the Western market by lighting a set of new diverse 500G routes from Denver to Chicago and Dallas.

Windstream's $250M Project Excel accelerates 100 Mbps, VDSL2 broadband push

With the sale of its data center business in motion, Windstream plans to dedicate $250 million to enhance its last mile network by installing VDSL2 network equipment to support up to 100 Mbps in more of its rural markets.

Verizon says Windstream, Incompas want to shift special construction costs to incumbent carriers

Verizon is speaking out against claims made by Windstream and competitive industry forum Incompas that the special construction practices and charges to deliver DS1 services to its retail and wholesale customers aren't consistent across its customer segments.

Windstream's data center sale allows it to focus on broadband, fiber networking strategy

Following months of rumors, Windstream made it official that it will sell off its data center business to TierPoint for $575 million, a deal that reflects the company's need to focus on its core business, wholesale, and consumer services strategy.

Windstream revamps wholesale unit, promotes Scattareggia to SVP of carrier sales

Windstream is realigning its Carrier Solutions business unit to focus on selling services to specific market segments.