Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN) plans to expand the availability of its Kinetic fiber Internet services, with speeds up to 1 Gbps, to approximately 100,000 commercial locations across 16 states in 2019. The buildout, expected to be largely completed in the first quarter, is intended to lay the groundwork for future expansions to meet growing business needs.
This expansion is intended to extend access to gigabit services to approximately one third of Windstream's commercial locations, primarily small and medium-sized businesses, across the company's rural footprint, up from the current 1%.
The buildout is intended to expand the reach of Widstrem's Kinetic Business, such as cloud voice services, networking and business continuity plans. It is also intended to power bandwidth-intensive applications such as video conferencing, file sharing and HD content consumption.
"Businesses should be assured that all of their data needs - from point-of-sale transactions to high-quality voice and virtual conference rooms to high-bandwidth applications - can be met by leveraging the same high-speed connections that businesses in urban centers enjoy," said Jeff Small, president of Windstream's consumer and small and medium-size business division.
The Kinetic Business suite of services includes high-speed Internet, cloud voice services, and network security solutions for businesses.