Windstream expands its Philadelphia metro fiber network, enhances business, data center fiber reach

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Windstream has expanded its metro fiber network in Philadelphia, deepening its reach into local data centers and business building locations.

In addition to providing local business connectivity via fiber-based Ethernet or fixed wireless, businesses will have another junction point to get access to the telco’s nationwide fiber network.

Customers can potentially gain access to Windstream’s emerging presence in the western United States, for example. Just last month, Windstream launched an expansion of its 100G long-haul express fiber transport network throughout the western U.S., including Salt Lake City, Reno, Las Vegas and the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay area.

The expansion of Windstream’s advanced metro fiber network in Philadelphia will better connect companies to those markets as well as to hundreds of other major and mid-size markets across the country via Windstream’s nationwide backbone network.

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These network expansions are part of broader $50 million investment that Windstream is making this year to upgrade its fiber network infrastructure, including its long-haul network nationwide and metro fiber networks in specific markets.

Windstream is also expanding its metro fiber networks in other cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville; Richmond, Virginia; Minneapolis, Atlanta, Chicago and Cleveland.

From a last-mile business connectivity perspective, the fiber expansion in Philadelphia and other markets furthers Windstream’s ability to migrate more of its customers to on-net fiber circuits.

By adding more on-net fiber buildings to its network, Windstream previously said it will save $1 billion in additional costs it pays on wholesale access to deliver services to its multisite business customers.

After completing its acquisition of EarthLink, the telco will further its on-net and metro fiber reach in even more markets.

Upon closing that deal, Windstream will have a total of 145,000 fiber route miles—16,000 of which are unique in the sense that Windstream does not have those already. EarthLink can bring more depth to Windstream markets in the Southeast, South and parts of the Midwest.