Jason Adkins, president of Unite Private Networks (UPN), says that while it may not as big as a Tier 1 provider or Zayo Networks, the provider is finding a growing niche in Tier 2 markets that incumbents have shown little interest in serving.
Unite Private Networks has extended dark fiber services to its 100 th cell site in Iowa for a large wireless operator.
Zayo continues to see that dark fiber services-- something that traditional telcos won't offer-- is a growing factor in its wireless backhaul business.
Flush with new funding from Pamplona Capital, Lumos Networks said it is now in a position to pursue potential acquisitions, particularly in the data center colocation and regional fiber provider space.
Lumos Networks' current dark fiber revenues may still be relatively small at $1 million, but the telco cites growing interest from wireless operators and enterprise customers as factors that will drive up revenues in the coming year.
Shentel has made some changes to its top management team, promoting three executives to new positions following its recent purchase of nTelos.
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.
EarthLink's dark fiber business continues to be a bright star in its struggling wholesale business as more of its carrier and content provider company customers are showing interest in purchasing the service.
Zayo has completed the buildout of a dark fiber route between the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) data center facility at 1700 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, N.J., and Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at 800 Secaucus Road (NY5), enabling it to better respond to financial companies' desire for low-latency network services.
Colo Atl, a neutral colocation and interconnection provider, is quickly becoming a dark fiber hub as its customers have installed over 6,000 dark fiber strands at its 55 Marietta Street facility in downtown Atlanta.