Windstream wins Defense Dept. fiber-services contract

Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) on Wednesday secured a contract with the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) to provide Fort Lee with diverse fiber and DWDM services.

What drove Fort Lee to deploy the new service was the uptick in personnel it has to now support due to the closure of various U.S. Army bases under the Base Realignment and Closure program (BRAC).

For this particular deployment, Windstream is building out two diverse fiber paths into the facilities and tying those paths together to create what it says is a "robust fiber ring that is connected back to Windstream's national fiber network."

To maintain network uptime, the telco also installed redundant DWDM network services connecting Fort Lee's backbone network to long-haul routes.

While Windstream has been providing services for the public sector for a number of years, it immediately bolstered its presence in this market segment when it purchased PAETEC last year. 

Besides increasing its overall market and network reach, another piece that Windstream gained from the PAETEC  acquisition was the Intellifiber division. Previously, PAETEC itself purchased the Intellifiber division as part of its own acqusition of the former Cavalier Telephone.

Besides DISA, Windstream has expanded presence into a number of federal government agencies, including FAA, Dept. of Treasury, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy, U.S. Courts, and the Dept. of Homeland Security. In 2010, the service provider activated its five hundredth circuit to the DoD.

Winning this contract with DISA is another milestone that Windstream can use to cite as tries to reach its goal of becoming the fourth largest enterprise service provider.   

For more:
- see the release

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