Windstream acquires Business Only Broadband, adds fixed wireless to service mix

Windstream has reached a deal to acquire Chicago-based Business Only Broadband, adding fixed wireless to its mix of service delivery options for its growing business services unit.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Similar to other deals it made in recent years such as Paetec, the focus is on expanding Windstream's business footprint and capabilities. Today, Business Only Broadband delivers a mix of wireless-based Ethernet and MPLS-based services.

"The ability to offer our business customers the diversity and reliability of a fixed wireless service offering, in addition to our already deep portfolio of fiber and cloud-based services, reinforces our commitment to offering smart solutions and personalized service," said Jeff Gardner, Windstream president and CEO, in a release.

However, the Business Only Broadband footprint is a bit limited in that it only covers four markets: Chicago, New York City, northern New Jersey and Milwaukee.

Windstream apparently sees growth in using broadband wireless as another access alternative as the service provider said it plans to expand the Business Only Broadband network into additional markets beginning in 2015.

For more:
- see the release

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