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Lumos Networks Preparing for Strong Bandwidth Demand from the Virginia Beach Undersea Cable Landing Site (“CLS”) into Richmond and Ashburn, VA

WAYNESBORO, Va., March 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”), a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced that it plans to connect the Company’s fiber network to an existing building at 1632 Corporate Landing Parkway in Virginia Beach, Va. This building is currently being converted into a carrier-neutral co-location facility operated as Globalinx.

The Globalinx co-location facility is a short distance from the Cable Station Landing Station (“CLS”), which is operated by Telxius and located at 1900 Corporate Landing Parkway. Consequently, upon the completion of connectivity into the Globalinx facility, Lumos Networks will be on-net and connected to the CLS.

“The necessary permitting and engineering efforts are underway and we expect to connect our fiber network to the Globalinx Co-location facility at 1632 Corporate Landing Parkway during the back half of 2018,” said Timothy G. Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks. “Once we have completed our short build of about ¼ mile into the Globalinx facility, we will have the ability to route bandwidth traffic from the Cable Landing Station all the way to numerous data centers in Ashburn, Virginia. It is estimated that 70% of total global Internet traffic passes through the Ashburn area.”

Greg Twitt, Founder and President of Globalinx commented, “We are excited to partner with Lumos Networks to provide our customers direct access to Lumos Networks’ expansive network from Virginia Beach to Ashburn, Richmond and beyond. Virginia Beach is becoming the new Continental Edge where the subsea networks from around the world can handoff the international traffic directly and seamlessly to terrestrial networks at Globalinx colocation facility.”

Mr. Biltz continued, “In addition to Ashburn connectivity, we are seeing a sharp increase in data center and hyperscale activity in the Richmond Virginia metro market and they are seeking advanced fiber connectivity to both Ashburn and the CLS in Virginia Beach. Given our 500 mile dense fiber footprint in the Richmond metro area, we are poised to benefit from this explosive growth in content delivery.”

Currently, there are two undersea cables that are expected to be carrying traffic to the Virginia Beach CLS during 2018:

  1. MAREA: jointly owned by Telefonica (Telxius), Microsoft and Facebook, is expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2018 and will connect the CLS with Spain;
  2. BRUSA: 100% owned by Telefonica (Telxius) is expected to become operational in the back half of 2018 and will connect the CLS with Brazil

“We continue to see a growing pipeline of hyperscale providers, enterprises and carriers seeking both lit and dark fiber connectivity options from the Cable Landing Site in Virginia Beach to the extensive data center ecosystem in Northern Virginia, particularly in Ashburn Virginia,” said Joseph E. McCourt, Chief Revenue Officer of Lumos Networks. During the course of 2018 and beyond, we expect to utilize our extensive fiber footprint in the eastern half of the state of Virginia to meet the growing bandwidth needs of this diverse customer base.”

Warren Harris, Director of Virginia Beach Economic Development said, “Our goal is to make the City of Virginia Beach an International Connectivity gateway for the mid-Atlantic and we are very pleased to see partners like Lumos Networks and Globalinx Data Centers are helping us realize that goal. We envision the convergence of subsea and terrestrial networks to take place in Virginia Beach, eventually making it the diverse connectivity destination of the highly connected world.”

About Globalinx Data Centers
Globalinx Data Centers is a Tier-III carrier-neutral colocation campus in Virginia Beach, VA, developed to facilitate direct connectivity between subsea fiber and terrestrial fiber systems. The three-phased project boasts 150,000 square-feet of data center space across an 11.5-acre dedicated site. The campus is fortified with high-security, access to more than 30 MWs of power through two substations and direct access to multiple terrestrial and subsea fiber cable systems. The campus also provides direct access to MAREA and BRUSA subsea cables connecting Virginia Beach to Europe, South America and beyond. Globalinx has under contract an additional 10 acres of land for data center development in Virginia Beach, VA. Globalinx owns a colocation facility at 3800 Village Avenue, Norfolk, VA. \

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.