FiberLight snags 40-site wireless backhaul deal in Tampa

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FiberLight continues to find utility as an alternative wholesale fiber-based wireless backhaul market and its latest agreement to build out its fiber network to over 40 towers in Tampa, Fla. shows that this trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

While it did not reveal the name of the wireless carrier other than to say it is one of the largest domestic U.S. wireless operators, it will add 50 new route miles of fiber in the Tampa metro area, expanding its existing network to almost 300 miles and over 100 lateral connections.

To meet the higher bandwidth demands required with 3G and 4G LTE services of this particular wireless operator, FiberLight will deliver Ethernet-based services to each tower and the serving mobile switching center (MSC) in Tampa.

Michael P. Miller, CEO and founder of FiberLight, which has been building out fiber networks to accommodate wireless backhaul for over five years, said it will continue "investing in the wireless backhaul space in 2012."

The timing for service providers like FiberLight that have fiber-rich networks that are present in major metro areas like Tampa couldn't be better.

While wireless operators will use a mix of both fiber and microwave depending on the situation, a new report from iGR said that growth of fiber backhaul is expected to reach a CAGR of nearly 85 percent between 2011 and 2016.

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