Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs
For immediate release
Marks the 35th Data Center Connected to the Lumos Network and the First in the Norfolk/Hampton Roads Expansion Market
Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a leading fiber-based infrastructure provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced today that it has extended fiber connectivity into the EdgeConneX Edge Data Center in Norfolk, Virginia. This marks the 35th data center, including 7 company owned co-location facilities, connected to the Lumos Networks 8,607 route mile fiber network and the first in the Company’s expansion market of Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Virginia.
The Company’s network expansion announced in November of 2014, which also includes the Richmond, Virginia metro markets, is estimated to increase the total Company’s Enterprise Addressable market by $135 million, an increase of 60% versus its core markets. (https://www.lumosnetworks.com/data/data-center-connectivity)
Lumos Networks has already secured one customer contract into the EdgeConneX facility and has begun to market its capabilities for secure advanced fiber connectivity to its approximately 1,200 Enterprise customers. The EdgeConneX facility, located at 3800 Village Avenue, Suite C, Norfolk, Virginia, 23502, is a tier 3, high availability data center with 100,100 square feet total with expansion capability to 10MW’s.
“Lumos’ connectivity complements our mission to place Edge Data Center infrastructure as close to end users as possible in order to maximize performance,” said Clint Heiden, Chief Commercial Officer, at EdgeConneX. “Our content and cloud provider customers can combine EdgeConneX premium facilities with Lumos premium network service for a high-speed data delivery infrastructure that’s right in the backyard of Norfolk-area Internet users. With their strong footprint in Norfolk, throughout Virginia, and across the mid-Atlantic region, Lumos is an ideal connectivity partner for us.”
This data center connection leverages Lumos Networks’ 822 fiber route mile expansion in the State of Virginia, including 270 route miles of dense fiber (average metro core strand count of 144) in the Hampton Roads/Norfolk markets. Hampton Roads, which is the 37th largest Metropolitan Service Area (“MSA”), encompasses the cities of Hampton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Virginia Beach.
Lumos offers Ethernet and Wavelength services into the EdgeConneX facility. The Ethernet service is certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum and available at select speeds from 3Mbps to 10Gbps. The Wavelength service (https://www.lumosnetworks.com/products/transport) supports 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 10Gbps, and 100Gbps speeds.
“I am pleased to announce that the EdgeConneX Edge Data Center is the first data center connected to our fiber network in our Norfolk/Hampton Roads expansion market,” said Tim Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks. “Our Enterprise customers continue to demand access to high quality data centers across our footprint and we look forward to expanding our relationship with EdgeConneX.”
EdgeConneX® is a global data center provider specializing in infrastructure solutions at the edge of the network. They provide space, power and connectivity for content, network, cloud, colocation, CDNs and service providers, as well as wireless carriers, telecommunications companies, and commercial property owners. EdgeConneX has created a new Edge for traditional networks, offering superior performance and economics. Their purpose-built Meet You Points® optimize delivery of data at network-critical locations closest to the end-user. For more information, please visit the EdgeConneX Internet of Everywhere® at edgeconnex.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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