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Lumos Networks Announces Continued Sales Pipeline Expansion Tied to Virginia Beach Undersea Cable Landing Site

Carriers Requesting Fiber Routes Diverse to Crowded I-95 Corridor into Ashburn, Va. Data Centers

WAYNESBORO, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks”) (NASDAQ: LMOS), a leading fiber-based service provider in the mid-Atlantic region, announced continued expansion of the Company’s sales pipeline from prospective carrier customers seeking diverse fiber routes from the Va. Beach undersea cable landing site into both Richmond, Va. as well as Ashburn, Va., the Data Center Capital of the World. Carriers have requested proposals for both lit and dark services to satisfy their need for secure, high bandwidth solutions.

Timothy G. Biltz, President and CEO of Lumos Networks said, “Given the depth, scale and density of our fiber footprint in the key Eastern and Northern markets of Virginia, we are well positioned for a surge in bandwidth demand beginning in the second half of 2017 as carriers seek access from the landing site to Ashburn and other key East Coast data center destinations. It is estimated that approximately 70% of global Internet traffic passes through Ashburn."

Mr. Biltz noted, “Currently, the fiber routes along highway I-95 can become extremely congested due to the multitude of fiber providers and the continual increase in bandwidth traffic. These routes are vulnerable to disruption of services due to the lack of diverse north/south routes. Therefore, we expect strong demand for one of our planned routes, which would provide a geographically diverse alternative to the crowded route along the I-95 corridor in order to guarantee mission critical demand traffic to Ashburn, Va.”

Mr. Biltz continued, “Over the next several years there are a number of different undersea cables scheduled to reach the Virginia Beach landing site, which is less than half a mile from our dense fiber footprint. Of these scheduled cables, we estimate that the two Telefonica cables, the MAREA Cable (also funded by Microsoft and Facebook) and the BRUSA Cable, could begin carrying traffic in the third quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, respectively. We believe their landing will set precedence and act as a catalyst for bandwidth demand coming into the landing site.”

Representatives from Lumos Networks’ Carrier End User team are arranging meetings at the upcoming ITW show in Chicago from May 14-17. To request a meeting to discuss Lumos’ Virginia Beach undersea cable solutions or connectivity across our 9,200+ fiber route mile Mid Atlantic footprint, please contact Roger Adamiak, Director of Strategic Carrier Sales, (412) 915-0820 or ADAMIAKR@LUMOSNET.COM.

About Lumos Data Centers
Lumos Data Centers (LDC) is a newly formed business unit within Lumos Networks, focusing exclusively on data center services. LDC offers high availability services out of three data centers in Charlotte, NC servicing Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The data center facilities are staffed 24/7/365, SSAE 16 SOC1 and SOC 2 Type II certified, and PCI DSS and HIPAA compliant.  Enterprise services include Colocation, Infrastructure as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service, Storage as a Service, and Back Up and Recovery as a Service. LDC acts as a Carrier Hotel, with 12 of the largest carriers in Charlotte having fiber routes and / or Points of Presence (POP), allowing robust options for clients. With direct connectivity from the Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications fiber footprint, along with 12 options for connectivity, LDC is uniquely positioned to offer clients on-net data center and colocation services.

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.

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Lumos Data Centers offers the following services: data center, colocation, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Backup as a Service, Managed Hosting, and Dedicated Servers in areas around and including Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC, Greenville, SC, Columbia, SC, Blacksburg, VA, Richmond, VA, and Roanoke, VA.