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Kinetic Wholesale by Windstream says that it added fiber to 354 macro tower sites during the second quarter of the year.

Kinetic Wholesale, which is a business unit of Windstream, operates in 18 states. It is in the midst of a multi-year $2 billion expansion of its fiber footprint and gigabit Internet service. Kinetic Wholesale fiber broadband access is available where Windstream is the incumbent provider. 

Kinetic Wholesale says that the 354 towers now are capable of 10G backhaul.

“We are diligently working with our wireless partners to meet their projected needs as they build more rural macro towers over the next few years,” Marc Dyman, Kinetic Wholesale’s senior vice president of Wholesale, said in a press release. “As wireless companies roll out new products to more customers, we are able to meet their growing bandwidth demands in a cost-effective manner through our own investment in fiber through our network.”

Windstream sees wholesale as a key business opportunity and is making a variety of investments in its capabilities.

Late last month, Windstream Wholesale announced the Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON) service. Traditionally, the goal of the service is long haul transport. As the volume of network traffic grows and its nature evolves, the goal is to push optical transport network traffic as close to the network edge as possible.

Previously, Windstream Wholesale and Colt Technology Services said that they had solidified their technology partnership with the successful trial of ICON. 

In the trial, Colt used the WindstreamFlex grid open line system between Chicago and Ashburn, VA to build a 600G wavelength link using its coherent transmission system to provide managed spectrum delivering multiple 100 and 400 Gigabit Ethernet services to business hubs separated by nearly 1800 kilometers.

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