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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Lumos Networks Announces Average Fiber Density of 46 Strands

WAYNESBORO, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE) Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: LMOS), a leading fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced the results of its extensive conversion of fiber records into a new centralized fiber management system.   Total fiber mileage denotes fiber route miles multiplied by the number of fiber strands on each route.

At the end of the third quarter of 2014, Lumos Networks had an average fiber density of approximately 46 strands per route mile, equating to 352,000 fiber miles, of which over 60% are Company-owned.   Following the 665 mile planned fiber network expansion in the Richmond and Norfolk Virginia markets announced today, it is expected that the percentage of total fiber miles, including strands, owned by Lumos, will exceed 70%.   

Timothy G. Biltz, CEO and President of Lumos Networks said, “We believe that our average fiber density of 46 strands compares favorably with others in the fiber industry and we believe that our density will increase substantially over time.  Most importantly, we are confident that our fiber network provides the necessary fiber breadth, capacity and geographic diversity to serve the ever growing demand of our Fiber to the Cell, Carrier, Enterprise and Data Center customers in our six-state footprint.”

“Strategically increasing the density and robustness of our fiber network in certain routes and regions is a key and ongoing focus for Lumos Networks,” noted Craig Drinkhall, Chief Technology Officer of Lumos Networks.   “For example, in the first three quarters of 2014, we constructed 231 fiber route miles with an average fiber density of over 125 strands per route mile.   Following our planned 665 fiber mile expansion noted above, our overall average fiber strand density will reach the mid 50’s level and the density of our Company-owned fiber mileage will expand to well over 80 strands.”

Average Lumos Networks Fiber Density (Strand Count)
Lumos-Owned: 71
IRU: 28
Current Overall: 46

Total Fiber Mileage (including strands)
Lumos-Owned: 220,000
IRU: 132,000
Total Lumos: 352,000

Pro-Forma Fiber Mileage post 665 Route Mile Expansion
Lumos-Owned Mileage: 316,000
Lumos-Owned Average Fiber Density:  80+Overall Lumos Fiber Density: mid 50s
Percentage of Total Fiber Mileage Owned: 71%

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About Lumos Networks

Lumos Networks is a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving Carrier, Enterprise and Data Center customers, offering end-to-end connectivity in 26 markets in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. With a fiber network of 11,028 fiber route miles and 517,244 total fiber strand miles, Lumos Networks connects 1,310 unique Fiber to the Cell sites, 1,684 total FTTC connections, 2,230 on-net buildings and approximately 3,500 total on-net locations. The Company also connects 44 total data centers, including three data centers acquired from DC74 (now named Lumos Data Centers), two acquired from Clarity Communications and seven company owned co-location facilities. In 2016, Lumos Networks generated over $123 million in Data revenue over our fiber network. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at