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, Racemi offer enterprises a path to the cloud

Windstream's data center and cloud services subsidiary Hosted Solutions has developed a pact with Software as a Service (SaaS) provider Racemi with the aim of helping business customers migrate their existing physical and virtual services to its cloud network.

Windstream says AT&T's IP pilot doesn't address FCC's wholesale rules

Windstream wrote in a filing with the FCC that AT&T's current proposed plan to conduct TDM-to-IP transition trials in Alabama and Florida does not take into consideration a number of the regulator's wholesale service rules. 

Windstream automates cloud provisioning with new tool

Windstream has introduced a new automation tool in its Hosted Solutions subsidiary it says will reduce the time it takes to provision cloud services.

Windstream introduces new channel partner pricing tool

Windstream has unveiled its new channel pricing tool, a move that will enable its channel partners to provide direct pricing quotes for its services.

CenturyLink, Windstream take bigger bite out of incumbent Ethernet market, says VSG

CenturyLink and Windstream have both come a long way from their traditional rural telco roots by becoming larger factors in the U.S. incumbent Ethernet services market.

Windstream's Gardner on driving enterprise sales growth, post-Paetec acquisitions and the IP transition

LAS VEGAS--In recent years, Windstream has transformed itself into a major player in the business services space. Windstream CEO Jeff Gardner talked with FierceTelecom Senior Editor Sean Buckley during the COMPTEL Plus Spring convention about Windstream's position in the business services market, the transition to IP and where it might consider further acquisitions.

Windstream's Gardner: IP transition should recognize difference between enterprises and consumers

LAS VEGAS-- Jeff Gardner, CEO of Windstream, recognizes that while residential consumers have a number of service options, the enterprise market is still evolving. Speaking at the COMPTEL Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO trade show, Gardner said that regulators and policy makers in Washington, D.C., need to better understand how the proposed TDM-to-IP transition proposed by AT&T will affect business customers.

Windstream taps Infinera for 100G long-haul intercity express network

Windstream is enhancing its ability to serve its growing base of business customers in the Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets it operates in by employing Infinera's DTN-X platform for its Long-Haul Express Network.

Windstream completes fourth Charlotte, N.C., data center build, brings total to 27

Windstream has lit up its fourth data center in Charlotte, N.C., giving it a total of 27 U.S.-based centers where it can offer a mix of colocation, cloud and managed services to its growing business customer base.

Windstream serves up enhanced cloud partner strategy, enhances SMB reach

Windstream is deepening its reach to target underserved small to medium business (SMB) markets with a new program that will help channel partners establish their position in the cloud services segment.