Windstream announced the addition of 60K wholesale fiber locations across its 18 state footprint. The additional wholesale access locations became available during the first quarter of 2021.
These new Windstream wholesale fiber locations are available in exchanges where Windstream is the incumbent provider. Windstream wholesale partners can now sell this fiber access to business customers.
“As we continue to drive fiber deeper into our network, our cost-effective broadband and ethernet access is now available for our wholesale partners for business customers,” said Jeff Small, Kinetic president in a press release. “Through simple provisioning and transparent customer support, our fiber product fits seamlessly into any portfolio.”
Windstream is currently embarking on a $2 billion program to expand fiber broadband access. The company also won $523 million in RDOF funding to expand rural broadband access, of which Windstream intends to deploy significant FTTH.
Windstream reported that it had fiber available to 590K locations at the end of 2020, reporting a net gain of 60K in the year. Ultimately Windstream intends to get gigabit capable FTTH to 50% of its LEC territory within ten years.
Beyond Windstream providing wholesale fiber access, the wholesale division provides bandwidth and transport services to content and media providers, cloud and data center operators, international carriers, cable operators, wireless carriers, and traditional network service providers. Windstream announced a network transport agreement for its wholesale unit with the NCTC back in June 2020.
The company has also extended its reach globally. Earlier in 2020, the company landed at a Virginia Beach, Va., international subsea cable landing station, and began taking orders out of a new Globalinx Data Center.