Windstream Enhances Carrier Ethernet Services Delivery via Selection of Ciena’s 5170 Service Aggregation Platform

Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced that its Ethernet portfolio is being expanded to support the launch of 100 GbE services in combination with improved network capabilities for 10 GbE aggregation. Cienas 5170 Service Aggregation Platform was selected to support both applications, offering optimal density and extensive range.

Were pleased to be working with Ciena to address customers increasing need for high-bandwidth services with improved performance, said Buddy Bayer, chief network officer for Windstream. Moreover, the smaller footprint and power efficiency of the 5170 means network operators can add capacity and elevate customers to the next increments of Ethernet service bandwidth up to 100GbE, while keeping the footprint and costs in check.

As data center and end-user applications continue to proliferate, bandwidth demand continues to multiply, the new platform will enable enhanced areas of business in Wholesale, Enterprise, Carrier Ethernet access, and fiber-to-the tower mobile back-haul services to support bandwidth upgrades.

Ciena recognizes that todays network operators face substantial challenges to deliver increased capacity, keep CAPEX costs down and accelerate the deployment of new services to keep up with demand, said Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Ciena. Windstreams selection recognizes that solutions like the 5170 Service Aggregation Platform are designed to support their advanced Carrier Ethernet feature sets, automation, advanced SLA monitoring and big data needs to enable their near- and long-term success.

In addition to its award-winning MEF 2.0 Certified Ethernet Solutions, Windstream offers a range of complementary network and communications solutions to business and enterprise customers including, Wavelength Services, Cloud Connect, Fixed Wireless, Managed Network Security and SD-WAN that are collectively designed to help customers increase productivity, improve ROI and win. More at


Windstream Holdings, Inc., 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 or @WindstreamBiz.

Windstream Media Contact
Sarah C. Davis, 720.529.7611
[email protected]