Windstream will expand its Kinetic services to about 100,000 commercial locations across 16 states early this year, offering speeds up to 1 Gbps and boosting Windstream gigabit availability.
The Kinetic expansion is targeted to be up and running in the new areas during the first quarter.
“Businesses should be assured that all of their data needs — from point-of-sale transactions to high-quality voice and virtual conference rooms to high-bandwidth applications — can be met by leveraging the same high-speed connections that businesses in urban centers enjoy,” Jeff Small, president of Windstream’s consumer and small and medium-sized business division, said in a press release.
The transition of Kinetic is dramatic. Currently, 1 percent of the commercial locations in Windstream’s footprint have access to 1 Gbps speeds. At the end of the upgrade, about one-third will have such access. The Kinetic Business suite includes cloud voice services and network security in addition to high-speed Internet. This move should help Windstream counter growing competition from cable companies who are targeting small and medium business customers with faster business-class speeds.
Windstream has used the Kinetic brand since 2014. It initially was limited to the company’s IPTV service. In September 2017, it was upgraded to include more general high-speed services.
In July of last year, Windstream launched the “BIG” campaign that highlighted the network investment and continuing effort to increase speeds to a greater portion of its customer base.