Windstream Wholesale completes Salt Lake City to Seattle route

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Windstream Wholesale has completed the expansion of its high-capacity fibre route from Salt Lake City (pictured) to Portland and Seattle.

The new route connects the Pacific Northwest to the rest of Windstream’s nationwide network and paves the way for Windstream's expansion into the landing station in Oregon's tech hub, Hillsboro,  which is expected to be completed in Q1 of 2021.

Also in the first quarter, Windstream is lighting a diverse route connecting Portland to the Bay Area to provide two diverse paths from the Hillsboro and Portland markets connecting customers to data centers across the country.

“This new high-capacity route to Portland and Seattle was built in response to booming customer demand for bandwidth,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president of Windstream Wholesale. “Along with the network overlay, it will help ensure that Windstream Wholesale is positioned to meet our customers’ needs for high-quality, low-latency services across our most popular routes for years to come.”

This network expansion is part of an overall project to increase capacity to several major long haul routes which leverages flexible grid compliant open optical line systems featuring C+L band support and colourless, directionless, contentionless (CDC) ROADMs.

Tony Bishop, Digital Realty senior vice president of platform, growth and marketing, added: "Our Data Gravity Index suggests the Pacific Northwest, and Seattle in particular, is expected to experience sustained growth in data gravity intensity through 2024.

“The Westin Building Exchange is ideally placed to remove data gravity barriers, serving as the strategic regional interconnection hub linking the U.S. and Canada with Asia on PlatformDIGITAL®. We are excited by the new possibilities that the combination of Windstream Wholesale’s Network Hub deployment with us in Seattle and the new routes announced today will open up for customers looking to scale their digital business.”