Windstream Wholesale Partners with ADB Companies to Extend Long-Haul Dark Fiber Route

Windstream Wholesale completed a long-haul dark fiber route that connects Little Rock, Arkansas to Memphis, Tennessee. The now-activated Little Rock to Memphis route is an addition to the company’s initial segment, dubbed the “T-Rock Express,” which was released to customers in August 2022 to link Tulsa, Oklahoma to Little Rock.

Windstream joined forces with ADB Companies to help complete the route. ADB is a valued partner renowned for its expertise in constructing networks, connections and establishing partnerships throughout the telecommunications sector across the country.

The original Tulsa-to-Little Rock segment extends 310 miles; the extension from Little Rock to Memphis provides an additional 145 fiber miles for a total of 455 fiber miles of 432-count, high-capacity fiber. Additionally, lit services of Spectrum and 400G waves are also available for immediate turn-up along the entire route, offering customers further flexibility and diversity. Completion of the route comes as a testament to Windstream Wholesale’s commitment to expanding its network to meet the demands of heavy bandwidth and content provider customers.

Windstream Wholesale has also deployed an integrated OTDR system across most of its nationwide network, which enables real-time route monitoring and immediate notification and location of any fiber cut, dramatically speeding the fiber and service restoral process. Providing unmatched visibility into a customer’s network health and performance, this advanced system will be available to customers by the middle of the first quarter of 2024, with installation being completed this month.

“We’re excited to announce that T-Rock is now open for business,” said Joe Scattareggia, Windstream Wholesale President. “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.”

The inaugural installment of high-count dark fiber along the new route extension has been successfully delivered to a significant hyperscale customer. With the entire route length now ready for customer delivery, this achievement stands as a noteworthy milestone in Windstream’s dedication to network expansion, fostering partnerships, and delivering cutting-edge technology solutions for its customers.

Windstream’s Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON) provides open and disaggregated networking infrastructure, enabling wholesale and enterprise technology customers to select unique custom routes, maintain operational insights with Windstream’s Network Intelligence functions, and place their networks closer to the edge to better serve end-users.

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