Windstream ConnectStream enables businesses to 'connect anything to everything'

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Oct 09, 2006

Windstream ConnectStream enables businesses to 'connect anything to everything'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Windstream Communications announced today a newly branded ConnectStream suite of business products that enables customers to 'connect anything to everything."

ConnectStream voice and data products provide geographically dispersed large and small businesses increased connectivity, service and larger bandwidth choices while simplifying their networks by virtually meshing multiple local area networks together over a private IP/MPLS network.

"In this global climate, our business customers need the flexibility to connect wherever they are with whatever systems they have," said Don Perkins, Windstream vice president of product marketing. "With Windstream's highly reliable network, customers can choose from a variety of broadband, voice, web hosting and managed services that provide cost-effective solutions to meet any business needs."

Under the new ConnectStream umbrella, Windstream is launching Virtual LAN Service (VLS), which virtually connects businesses with MPLS-powered Ethernet connectivity for high-speed data transmissions and is available over existing fiber or copper connections. VLS brings advanced networking solutions to rural areas – where Windstream is focused – enabling businesses even in remote locations to centralize their data applications.

The ConnectStream VLS product is ideal for converging video, voice and data applications and can be applied to a variety of industries, including healthcare, banking, education and government. Perkins said Habersham Bank in North Georgia, for example, is using a Windstream Ethernet network to connect its branches to a centralized server for all check clearing and local data applications.

"The data services market is undergoing an accelerating transition from legacy Frame Relay, ATM, and TDM private line services toward Layer 2 Ethernet and Layer 3 VPN services," said Stan Hubbard, senior analyst for Heavy Reading, the market research arm of telecommunications news organization Light Reading. "Enterprises increasingly are embracing next-generation Ethernet services like the new one offered by Windstream because they provide greater bandwidth and are more flexible, scalable, and cost-effective than traditional services."

Initially, Windstream will offer its ConnectStream VLS product in North Georgia and plans to expand to other markets in the near future.

Windstream will feature its ConnectStream products at the COMPTEL PLUS trade show Oct. 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. For more information on Windstream, visit

About Windstream

Windstream Corporation (NYSE: WIN) provides voice, broadband and entertainment services to customers in 16 states. The company has approximately 3.3 million access lines and about $3.2 billion in annual revenues. For more information, visit


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