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Windstream Wholesale named Connectivity Innovator of the Year by Datacloud Global Awards

June 09, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Windstream Wholesale, a leading provider of advanced optical solutions, has received the Connectivity Innovator of the Year Award 2021 from Datacloud Global Awards. Datacloud Global Awards celebrates outstanding achievements across the data center, cloud and edge sectors.

“Windstream Wholesale is honored to be chosen the Connectivity Innovator of the Year by Datacloud Global Awards,” said Buddy Bayer, chief network officer for Windstream. “Our teams, from engineering to sales, pushed hard in 2020 and 2021 to set a number of records in optical transmission that are now driving our industry toward new standards. Innovation is exciting and central to what we do, and we remain committed to meeting customers’ expanding need for high-capacity bandwidth in the most efficient manner for years to come.”

Five key services highlighted Windstream’s recent advances:

  • Windstream was one of the first carriers to install and operate a commercial 400GbE wavelength service;
  • Windstream set an industry record and achieved 800 gigabits per second single-wavelength transmission over 730 kilometers (km) across Windstream’s long-haul network between San Diego and Phoenix;
  • Windstream set a record using Coherent Pluggable technologies for long-haul (1,000 km) routes over a real-world network;
  • Windstream and Colt successfully conducted intercompany beta trials using landline spectrum services, and
  • Windstream introduced the concept Layer Zero Analytics for network operators.

“Windstream will continue to be an early adopter of coherent optical technologies to drive efficient growth and scale of our network and services for our customers,” Bayer said.

Datacloud is the global conference managed by BroadGroup, a division of Euromoney. BroadGroup is the leading company servicing market intelligence, networking, and sector coverage for data center, cloud, edge and the entire global IT infrastructure ecosystem, encompassing everything from technological developments to M&A and beyond.

This year, there were approximately 150 submissions across 15 Datacloud Global Awards categories.

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In addition to Wavelengths, Ethernet Solutions, and Dedicated Internet Access, Windstream Enterprise and 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 is a privately held communications and software company. Windstream offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. The company also provides premium broadband, entertainment and security services through an enhanced fiber network and 5G fixed wireless service to consumers and small and midsize businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Additional information is available at or Follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.

Scott Morris, 501-748-5342

Source: Windstream Holdings

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