Windstream Wins 5G Spectrum to Boost Broadband Speeds to 1 Gbps

Windstream, a provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, has announced that it has won spectrum blocks in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz 5G airwaves auctions recently conducted by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States.

Windstream will use this new 5G spectrum to expand the availability of high-speed broadband, enabling consumers and small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas to access broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second.

Windstream will pay a total of $26.6 million for blocks of spectrum in 14 states covering more than 5 million total households, including approximately 2 million households in locations where Windstream is the incumbent local exchange carrier. The spectrum and associated electronics and equipment will be wholly owned by Windstream.

In homes equipped with Gig service, consumers can engage in multiple bandwidth-intensive activities simultaneously – such as streaming music, 4K video and virtual reality applications and games – without buffering. For businesses, Gig service enables next-generation network, cloud, voice, security and business continuity solutions.