Windstream will bundle Cisco Meraki’s WLAN into its enterprise offerings

Cisco Meraki can tell which users are on the network and what applications they are using. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

Windstream’s Kinetic Business, the company’s enterprise division, is now offering a suite of wireless LAN (WLAN) services from Cisco Meraki. The company said this new WLAN offering will not just help provide better connectivity but also will deliver better tools and analytics to its enterprise customers.

Specifically, Windstream said that because Cisco Meraki’s WLAN solution is cloud-managed, it can monitor and manage the network and make sure it is operating at peak performance. It can also provide real-time visibility into the network and offer enterprises a single-pane dashboard.

On the security front, Cisco Meraki’s WLAN lets enterprises set and enable policy control at the port-level or across the entire network, depending upon their needs. And it also makes it possible for enterprises to identify and control individual users, whether they are on PCs, Macs, iPads or Android devices.  And not only can companies tell what users are on their network, they can also see what applications are being used because Cisco Meraki has visibility into more than 1,400 applications.

Advanced applications
Besides these advancements, Cisco Meraki also offers enterprises additional features if needed. For example, it can leverage real-time analytics and provide them with user behavior and traffic patterns. It can also add capacity to the network by deploying more devices without controller bottlenecks.  And if companies need more data on when and where devices are within the Wi-Fi network, it can tell provide insights on scheduling and floor plan designs as well as customer behavior on the Guest Wi-Fi services.

Related: Windstream shakes free from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Windstream emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy last September and is now a privately held company. However, prior to that, the company had reported that in the first six months of 2020 it had seen an influx of more than 40,000 net new subscribers to its Kinetic broadband service. This was its ninth consecutive quarter of broadband customer growth. And like many of its telco peers, the company is aggressively adding fiber to its footprint to meet growing broadband demand.