Windstream Wholesale said that its 145-mile dark fiber route between Little Rock, Ark. and Memphis, Tenn. is operational.
The route extends the 310-mile “T-Rock Express,” which connects Little Rock and Tulsa, Okla. That network went into operation in August 2022. This means that Windstream Wholesale now connects Tulsa to Memphis. The entire 455 fiber-mile route between Tulsa and Memphis offers 432-count high capacity fiber. The company also noted that 400G waves are available for immediate turn-up.
Windstream Wholesale defines its Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON) as an open and disaggregated networking infrastructure. The company said that it has deployed an integrated optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) system across most of the network. The system provides real-time route monitoring. This speeds alerts and reduces restoration time in the case of any fiber cuts.
“We’re excited to announce that T-Rock is now open for business,” Windstream Wholesale President Joe Scattareggia said in a press release. “The construction and expansion of this route represents a concerted effort from our team and partners to not only meet but exceed the expectations of our customers. Thanks to our strong partnership, we’ve successfully delivered on our commitments and remain steadfast in our dedication to offering customers high capacity, diversity, and redundancy to propel their networks and businesses forward.”
Windstream Wholesale worked with the ADB Companies on the project. Windstream Wholesale said it values ADB Companies’ expertise in “constructing networks, connections, and establishing partnerships” in the telecommunications industry.
Windstream first announced connectivity from Tulsa to Little Rock via Muskogee, Okla., in August 2021.