Lumos Networks snags Ethernet contract with HCA Virginia

Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS) announced that Richmond-based healthcare provider HCA Virginia is the first customer to take advantage of its Ethernet service that will run over the metro and long-haul fiber network it is building in the area.

For this deployment, Lumos will connect 10 of HCA Virginia's facilities, satellite offices and critical care locations to its data center in Richmond. Since all of the facilities will be "on-net," they will be directly connected to Lumos' broader fiber network that reaches into other parts of Virginia and the neighboring states of Maryland and West Virginia.

Set to be completed in the third quarter of 2013, the project will connect 17 of HCA's facilities via Ethernet to Lumos' fiber network.

The telco's win with HCA reflects the initial piece of its "edging out" network expansion strategy it announced last month to build out 100G optical wavelength routes connecting Richmond to Ashburn and Lynchburg, Va.

Upon completion, the network will consist of 92 miles of metro and long haul fiber, situated close to major business park sites and cell towers in order to reach wholesale wireless backhaul opportunities.

The network is being purposely built to address actual customer needs, said VP of product management and engineering Craig Drinkhall.

"It's not the old model like CLECs used to do: build a 50 mile network and hope people will come," he said in a previous interview with FierceTelecom. "This is a very specific network being put in to address the first set of anchor customers." 

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