Cincinnati Bell has broken ranks with the large telcos in the dark fiber race, offering the service on a case-by-case basis to a growing group of enterprise and wireless operator customers.
Cincinnati Bell traditionally shied away from offering a dark fiber, but having built out fiber to serve its consumer and business units it sees it as a part of its service evolution.
Cincinnati Bell may be an advocate of 1 Gbps FTTH service, but like other wireline telcos it has found that in the near-term most of its customers find utility in 30 Mbps speed services.
Cincinnati Bell may have come into 2015 with a conservative outlook for its business service segment, but it is finding new growth in the segment as it wins new contracts and expands its out of territory reach.
Verizon Wireless has cited Cincinnati as one of its small cell targets, an initiative that could create a new revenue opportunity for local incumbent telco Cincinnati Bell, particularly for wireless backhaul and dark fiber.
Cincinnati Bell is one of a growing number of smaller telcos that are finding growing interest from wireless operators and other traditional carriers for dark fiber and small cell backhaul services.
Cincinnati Bell continues to be aggressive in expanding in its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Fioptics business by passing more multi-dwelling units (MDUs) and single-family homes in its territory.
Cincinnati Bell has sold off its third tranche of its ownership stake in CyrusOne as part of its ongoing effort to pay down company debt.
Cincinnati Bell CFO Leigh Fox says the company isn't concerned about one of its main competitors, Time Warner Cable, merging with Charter Communications.
Cincinnati Bell isn't afraid of Charter Communications' proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, one of its main competitors in the Cincinnati market. In fact, the telco sees the disruption created by all of the consolidation in the cable industry as a potential competitive opportunity to further enhance its broadband speeds and reach.