Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs
For immediate release
WAYNESBORO, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: LMOS), a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced that the Company’s parallel Network Operating Center (“NOC”), located in its recently opened Pittsburgh office, is now operational. This new NOC, from the outset, will be fully connected and compatible with Project Ark, the Company’s recently launched all-IP network overlay designed to handle Fiber to the Cell traffic.
This NOC will also provide full replication of all traditional functions of the Company’s current NOC, located in Waynesboro, Virginia, including full performance surveillance, repair, upgrade and maintenance of the approximately 7,500 route mile dense fiber network and full redundancy of the Company’s Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery functions.
“The opening of our parallel NOC in our new Pittsburgh office is a key milestone for Lumos Networks,” noted Craig Drinkhall, Chief Technology Officer of Lumos Networks. “Our new NOC, located over 250 miles from our existing NOC, will provide significant geographic diversity and will replicate all of the critical NOC functions, including maintenance and operation of our fiber network. The full redundancy and resiliency provided by this NOC is a transformational move by Lumos as we continue our evolution to a fiber bandwidth company.”
“The lighting up of our parallel NOC is a major selling point to our key Carrier and Enterprise customers who demand the highest levels of redundancy and service quality,” said Timothy G. Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks. “There are few, if any, regional fiber bandwidth providers, who can boast two parallel NOCs managing their fiber networks. We consider this to be a key differentiating factor for Lumos going forward.”
The new Lumos Networks Pittsburgh office will also house an R&D Center, focused on the testing of new advanced fiber data products, and a sales office, focused on the large and vibrant Western Pennsylvania marketplace. The grand opening of the Lumos Networks Pittsburgh office will be hosted on Tuesday, October 21st at the following location:
J Barry Center
4600 J. Barry Court
To learn more about the event or to RSVP, please contact Ericka Duncan, marketing and public relations coordinator, at email@example.com or by calling 304-414-3110. The event is open to the public.
About Lumos Networks
Lumos Networks is a fiber-based provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving Carrier and Enterprise customers offering end to end connectivity in 23 markets in Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. With a fiber network of 7,548 fiber route miles, Lumos Networks connects to 673 Fiber to the Cell sites, 15 commercial data centers and 1,420 on-net buildings. In 2013, Lumos Networks generated over $104 million in Data Revenue over its fiber network. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at www.lumosnetworks.com.
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About the Combination of Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks
The combination of Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks creates a super-regional fiber bandwidth network with over 21,000 miles of fiber and more than 9,000 on-net locations across nine states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States. The new entity offers a full range of Ethernet, MPLS, dark fiber, advanced voice and cloud services to thousands of carrier, enterprise, data center and government customers. The entity also connects 44 total data centers, including 12 co-location and data centers. More information: is available at www.lumosnetworks.com. and www.spiritcom.com.
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