Windstream Wholesale announced this week that most of its dark fiber network on the U.S. East Coast, referred to as the “Beach Route,” is operational.

“The Beach Route” network consists of 864-count buried fiber. It eventually will stretch 651 miles. The northern section, which covers 459 miles, has been completed.

The completed section provides dark fiber connectivity from Raleigh, N.C. to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and from Myrtle Beach to Savannah, Ga. It connects to the new DC BLOX cable landing station in Myrtle Beach, which provides access to the Firmina, Nuveum, and Anjana sub-sea cables.

“We’re not just expanding infrastructure; we’re redefining connectivity standards and empowering our customers on a monumental scale,” Windstream Wholesale President Joe Scattareggia said in a press release about the Windstream dark fiber news.

The Beach Route provides access to more than a dozen data centers and 14 government and military locations. Partnerships with adjacent providers extends connectivity to Atlanta, Miami and Charlotte, N.C.

The final, southern section of The Beach Route is expected to begin service during the second quarter. Currently, Windstream Wholesale is adding 192 route miles of conduit from Savannah into the Jacksonville Beach Network Access Point. When complete, it will provide access to the AMX-1 and PCCS sub-sea cables.

Last month, Windstream Wholesale introduced the Route Creator tool, which is designed to provide customers with a view of accessible wave routes in the Windstream Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON). The new functionality integrates in the iconnect customer portal.

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