Frontier invested over $74M to improve Ohio consumer, business services in 2011

Frontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR) has been making continued progress in updating the service territories it entered into in July 2010 as a result of its acquisition of Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) former rural lines, with Ohio being one of its latest targets.

In 2011, the service provider reported that it invested about $74 million in Ohio to improve broadband, business, and even POTS services.

A key investment in Ohio was upgrading its fiber backbone network with ROADM technology, a move it says increased its capacity almost 80 times over, to support its residential broadband and growing base of business and wireless backhaul wholesale customers.

The ROADM roll-out in Ohio is part of a broader deployment strategy. Besides Ohio, the service provider has rolled out ROADMs in West Virginia, Oregon, Washington, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. In each of these markets it can deliver service off each of the ROADM nodes that it has connected together.

Dave Davidson, senior vice president and general manager of Frontier's Ohio operations, said, "Our ROADM network platform will allow us to dramatically expand the availability of broadband in our Ohio service areas over the next two years."

Over the last 19 months, Frontier has expanded its Ohio broadband footprint into an additional 70 new neighborhoods, a move that Davidson said expanded the availability of DSL services "in our service territory from 68 percent to 78 percent." In addition to consumer DSL, Frontier has been building out its suite of fiber-based Metro Ethernet and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) services for area business customers.

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Special report: Wireline in the fourth quarter 2011

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