Dark fiber has certainly reemerged as a new hot medium to provide underlying support for the insatiable desire from consumers and businesses for content. The ongoing build out of dark fiber routes by a host of competitive and even incumbent providers will provide plenty of opportunities for network construction companies to participate.
Verizon's recent move to establish an agreement with Boston and its pending purchase of XO's fiber network shows that it seeing a new value in fiber assets.
Allied Fiber, a competitive dark fiber player, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amidst its struggles to sell dark fiber on its new Atlanta-to-Miami route.
Dark fiber has become the rage again in the wireline wholesale industry as a growing base of service providers, content providers, and even large enterprises are asking for their own fiber pairs to gain complete control over their bandwidth allocations.
Dark fiber may be remembered as a product of the.com age where competitive providers built out networks speculatively, but it's clearly back in telecom style. However, unlike the late 1990s build-it-and-they-will-come drive, dark fiber demand is today being driven by new service drivers-- small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC E-Rate program.
CenturyLink may not be interested in selling dark fiber indefeasible rights of use (IRUs) leases to other carriers, but it does sell the service to government customers as part of a managed service offering.
Virginia's Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority has completed the buildout of 47 miles of fiber serving parts of Salem, Roanoke and Botetourt counties. Set to be turned on before May, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority will provide alternative gigabit speed services to area schools, government agencies and businesses.
Lightower is happy to sell its carrier and businesses either dark or lit fiber services, but the service provider has found that in some customer verticals like financial the trend goes back and forth between both domains.
RCN Business, like other business-centric providers, has traditionally taken the approach of directing its fiber investments where its customers want it to go, but the service provider plans to target other attractive sites where it could win new customers.
Fatbeam has had to develop a two-pronged installation process that incorporates its own resources and third parties' depending on the nature of the build to increase efficiency and control costs.