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Windstream Wholesale Announces High-Capacity Long-Haul Deal with Sparkle

February 11, 2020

Windstream and Sparkle to interconnect in Equinix LA1 IBX data center, providing international carriers coast-to-coast diverse connectivity

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Windstream Wholesale, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today it will provide wave connectivity to Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top ten global operators, connecting their U.S. IP network. This connectivity from Sparkle’s PoP in El Paso will take place via the Equinix LA1 International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center in Los Angeles. Windstream Wholesale’s popular long-haul routes, including a planned Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas route, offer carriers the 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps Wavelength services that bandwidth-intensive customers demand.

“Our customer-tailored routes coupled with our unique domestic network density in Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities make us an ideal provider for international carriers, content providers, fiber operators and others needing domestic diversity and redundancy,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president for wholesale sales at Windstream. “We are delighted to enable Sparkle to grow its customer base through our newly established presence in the Equinix LA1 data center.”

Located in downtown Los Angeles and directly connected to the three other Equinix IBX data centers (LA2, LA3, LA4) in the Los Angeles area via low-latency dark fiber links, the LA1 IBX offers access to Equinix IBX data centers in 38 major markets globally through Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). It also offers access to one of the fastest sub-marine cables to Japan.

“Windstream Wholesale is a valued participant in the ecosystem of world-class providers offering their services on Platform Equinix®,” said Adam Janota, senior director of business development at Equinix. “Windstream’s 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps Wavelength services offer a strong option for the bandwidth needs of carriers operating within Equinix’s Los Angeles area IBX data centers. Additionally, we are excited to support Windstream and Sparkle connectivity to the Mexico market.”

“We are delighted to work with Windstream. Their high-quality long-haul connectivity from El Paso to Los Angeles will add diversification to our existing routes, thus strengthening our IP Transit offer to the Mexican market,” said Barbara Sole, director of IP & capacity services at Sparkle.

Windstream Wholesale will continue to expand its presence throughout 2020, delivering the high capacity, scalable fiber optic connectivity solutions required to propel international and domestic customer growth and success.

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In addition to Wavelengths, Ethernet Solutions and Dedicated Internet Access, Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale offers a range of complementary network and communications solutions to wholesale and resale customers including SD-WAN Wholesale, proprietary OfficeSuite White Label and Cloud SIP and PRI that are collectively designed to help wholesale customers increase productivity, improve ROI and win. More at

About Windstream

Windstream Holdings, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions. Windstream provides data networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the U.S. The company also offers broadband, entertainment and security services for consumers and small and medium-sized businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Services are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is available at or Please visit our newsroom at or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.

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Source: Windstream Holdings, Inc.