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 the selection of Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”) as its exclusive supplier of mission critical equipment for Project Ark , its new state of the art broadband MPLS/IP fiber network designed primarily to handle Fiber to the Cell site (“FTTC”) traffic within the Company’s network. “As we continue to deploy 4G LTE to our customers, the demand for a highly available and quickly scalable backhaul network is critically important. We believe that Lumos Networks’ Project Ark network can meet these requirements,” said Bobby McAvoy, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of nTelos Wireless. “Lumos Networks is constructing one of the most robust fiber networks in the Mid-Atlantic region and we view them as a critical strategic partner. We are looking forward to routing 4G LTE traffic onto Ark by the end of 2014.” Cisco’s ASR 9912 routers, the foundation for Project Ark, will be deployed in each of the following cities: Ashburn, Va, Pittsburgh, Pa, Roanoke, Va and Charleston, WVa. Network construction will begin in the second quarter of 2014 with completion of the first phase of Project Ark scheduled for the third quarter of 2014. The Company expects to begin routing traffic from newly installed FTTC sites onto the “Ark network” in the fourth quarter of 2014 and it is expected that existing FTTC traffic will be migrated to the “Ark network” in early 2015. “I am pleased to announce a deepening of the long standing relationship between Lumos Networks and Cisco,” said Lumos Networks CEO Timothy Biltz. “Cisco is the unmatched global leader in IP fiber networking and we look forward to leveraging Cisco’s expertise in service delivery, maintenance, testing and installation. Project Ark will allow us to accelerate our FTTC momentum as we enter 2015. We expect the growth curve for LTE roll-outs in our fiber footprint with the nation’s leading mobile operators to continue for the next two years.”
"Cisco is pleased to work closely with Lumos Networks on its ambitious 'Project Ark' FTTC-focused IP fiber network overlay deployment," said Doug Webster, Vice President of Marketing, Cisco. "This new state-of-the-art network will not only enable new efficiencies but also a range of new IP-based telecommunication service possibilities for Lumos customers in the Mid-Atlantic region."As previously announced, Project Ark will provide bandwidth of approximately one terabyte and is designed to accommodate minimum data traffic demand of 1,500 FTTC sites on Carrier Ethernet with 400 Mbps of throughput at each site. In the past two years, the amount of FTTC traffic on Lumos Networks’ fiber network has grown approximately 8-10 times and it is estimated that the Ark network will allow for another ten-fold increase in traffic. “Feedback from our FTTC customers about Project Ark has been universally positive and they are supportive of our deployment of world-class, highly scalable Cisco equipment,” noted Joseph McCourt, Chief Revenue Officer of Lumos Networks. “We expect that we are in a position to continue to gain FTTC market share with some of the leading mobile operators in the US who are actively deploying 4G LTE networks in our Mid-Atlantic fiber footprint.” Craig Drinkhall, Chief Technology Officer for Lumos Networks, added, “By designing the Ark network from the ground up, we were able to create an all-IP fiber network that is fully redundant and utilizes the most highly advanced equipment available. Cisco is also providing the Company with two R&D labs that will be critical in furthering our technical expertise in the FTTC space and will also provide thousands of hours of IP training for our engineering staff. Through our partnership with Cisco, we will also have access to brand new tools for provisioning and monitoring of Project Ark.” About Lumos Networks Lumos Networks is a fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving carrier, business and residential customers over a dense fiber network offering data, voice and IP services. With headquarters in Waynesboro, VA, Lumos Networks serves Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland over a fiber network of 7,414 fiber route miles. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at www.lumosnetworks.com. 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