Zayo Group recently won a $15.6 million, 12-year contract by the City of Fort Worth, Texas, to supply it with dark fiber service to satisfy the growth of its network, reflecting the trend of municipalities working with third parties to build a network foundation to support bandwidth-intensive applications.
Shentel is expanding its fiber network in parts of four states, enabling the provider to pursue a mix of dark and lit fiber-based services for business and wholesale wireless customers.
Level 3 Communications sees dark fiber as a growth engine in the transport and fiber section of its core network services (CNS) business, but only as part of a broader solution set-- not the best or only solution as some wireless operators and content providers suggest.
FairPoint Communications, keen to get a piece of the emerging small cell wireless backhaul and services market being fueled by major wireless operators like Sprint and Verizon, is doing an about-face on dark fiber.
Sprint recently said during its fourth quarter earnings call that it would be using a mix of 2.5 GHz spectrum and dark fiber for small backhaul-- a move that could potentially benefit various competitive wireline carriers who have aggressively built out fiber networks in anticipation of the emerging small cell backhaul trend.
Zayo Group snapped up another fiber backhaul deal with a major U.S. wireless provider and the company expects a strong return its investment because it's using in-place fiber network.
FirstLight Fiber is enhancing its fiber diet by adding 36,000 miles into New York's Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties, enabling it to fulfill a mix of wireless backhaul and enterprise service opportunities.
Southern Light and Allied Fiber have signed a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreement, giving Southern Light another avenue by which to extend its network to a growing customer base across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Zayo Group has completed its acquisition of Canada's Allstream, enabling it to provide its differentiated strategy and service automation capabilities to the country's business customers.
USA Fiber, a dark fiber provider, has named competitive telecom industry veteran John Schmitt as its new chief revenue officer.