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Lumos Networks Launches 110-Mile Metro Ethernet Fiber Network In Richmond, Virginia

Lumos Networks Corp. (NASDAQ:LMOS), a leading provider of fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure & IP Services in key mid-Atlantic markets, announced that it has officially launched Metro Ethernet services in the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan market. Including the previously announced anchor contract win to provide Ethernet services to 10 locations for national hospital provider HCA, Lumos has already won several major Enterprise and Carrier Network accounts.

“I am pleased to announce that we have ‘lit’ up service on our 110 mile fiber Ethernet metro ring in Richmond, which is a key part of Lumos’ ‘edge-out’ market strategy to expand our fiber network,” said Joseph E. McCourt, Chief Revenue Officer for Lumos Networks. “Market research information estimates that the annual market for Strategic Data Enterprise spending in the Richmond metropolitan market is about $80 million. We designed and built our network in a very strategic manner in order to access as many key Enterprises, Data Centers and cell towers as possible. Over time, we expect to be able to leverage our new strategic fiber assets to aggressively pursue Fiber to the Cell backhaul opportunities in the Richmond market with our existing wireless operator customers.”

This new fiber network in Richmond, which was 100G ready at launch, is some of the densest in the Lumos Network footprint and will also provide a launch point for Lumos to pursue transport traffic in key routes, namely Richmond to Ashburn, Va. and Richmond to Charlottesville, Va.

“Our Richmond network provides us a beachhead from which to pursue multiple data center opportunities in both Richmond and the Ashburn/Washington, D.C. corridor,” said Craig Drinkhall, Vice President of Product and Engineering at Lumos Networks. “We are already sourcing enterprises in need of redundant fiber access to reach critical data centers in our existing footprint, as well as other carrier POPs and metro locations.”

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