Windstream Extends Wholesale Ethernet to 300 More Markets

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Windstream Corp.  announced Monday that it is expanding access to its wholesale Carrier Switched Ethernet service to more than 300 markets through regional network-to-network interfaces.

The expansion includes the addition of the carrier's CLEC footprint. Previously, the service was offered only in Windstream's ILEC footprint. Windstream acquired numerous CLECs over the past few years; most recently acquiring PAETEC in 2011.

Carrier Switched Ethernet provides wholesale carriers access to exchanges across Windstream's nationwide network. Interconnect ports of 100MBps, 1GBps, and 10GBps are available, and end-user loops from 3MBps to 1GBps are supported. The CLEC-based offering will include Ethernet over copper based on network availability and Ethernet over TDM or fiber.

"By expanding our Carrier Switched Ethernet solution, our carrier customers will now have the extended ability to reach businesses with Ethernet access," said Don Perkins, Windstream vice president of Business Marketing.

Windstream's Carrier Switched Ethernet product supports the  transfer of large data files, such as video and high-resolution images, or basic business services, such as email and documents.

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