Windstream expands fiber network in Charlotte

Windstream Communications has built out its fiber network in the Charlotte area, marking its first in a series of nationwide network expansions planned for 2016.

The telecommunications company’s expansion connects its high-speed nationwide fiber network with local data centers and commercial buildings in SouthPark, uptown and the University area, Windstream said in a statement Tuesday.

Mid-market business customers will be able to use its data, voice, network and cloud services thanks to the expansion, Windstream added.

“This network infrastructure makes the Queen City one of the best-connected cities in the country. This is a big, ambitious project that will have a major economic impact on Charlotte,” said Eric Warren, regional president of enterprise sales for Windstream’s south region.

Based in Arkansas, Windstream grew its North Carolina presence in 2007 with the acquisition of Concord-based CT Communications.

Windstream’s update comes as competition is heating up to provide the Charlotte area with high-speed service. Google Fiber is in the process of rolling out its fiber network locally, and AT&T and Time Warner Cable also have been rolling out faster speeds in the city.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta