US telco Windstream has announced a strategic partnership with Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) and Straight Path Communications that will significantly expand its last-mile fixed-wireless access (FWA) options in 40 markets across the country. Windstream will deploy CBNL’s VectaStar 39GHz licensed point-to-multipoint (PMP) radios and utilise Straight Path’s 39GHz spectrum to enhance connectivity in seven markets where it currently offers FWA technology, namely: Chicago, New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Little Rock. The telco will also deploy CBNL equipment in 33 new markets, including: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Richmond, San Antonio, Seattle and St. Louis. CBNL is said to be the market leader in millimetre wave licensed PMP, and Straight Path is reputedly the largest licensed millimetre wave spectrum holder in the country. Under the agreement, Windstream has the option of eventually expanding FWA to an additional 32 markets where Straight Path owns 39GHz spectrum.
In a parallel development, Windstream says it is deploying Ciena’s Blue Planet orchestration software to automate the delivery of managed wavelength services across its multi-vendor optical network. According to the vendor, the software will enable Windstream ‘to utilise its optical network as a programmable resource and accelerate the delivery of managed 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE), 10GbE, and 100GbE wavelength services to its wholesale, enterprise, media and web-scale customers’.