Windstream hires Nicklas away from XO Communications

Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) appointed Randy Nicklas, who was rumored to have left XO Communications recently, as its executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer.

Randy Nicklas, Windstream

Nicklas (Image source: XO)

In his new role at Windstream, he will oversee network planning and engineering, outside plant, records and capital management.

His appointment as CTO comes at a time in the telco's history where it is continuing its transformation into a larger player in the business services and wholesale services market.

In Q1 2013, Windstream reported that business services revenues rose 2 percent year-over-year to $914 million, while carrier services rose 3 percent year-over-year to $167 million.

Nicklas brings plenty of experience with him to guide Windstream's current and future network plans.

During his tenure as CTO and senior vice president of engineering for XO Communications, Nicklas led various network and service transitions, including 100G, Ethernet, IP/MPLS and SIP.

One transition that Nicklas could help Windstream with would be migrating to a 100G optical-capable network. Having completed its purchase of PAETEC last year, the telco has a 115,000-route mile fiber network over which it is serving its growing business and wholesale customer base.

For more:
- see the release
- and this Telecom Ramblings article

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