SummitIG, an emerging dark fiber provider, is making progress with its network build, adding new metro and long-haul underground fiber routes and increasing its on-net penetration into new businesses and data center locations.
C&W Networks, a large pan-Caribbean provider, has signed a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use agreement to expand its route between Miami and Jacksonville with colocation and dark fiber infrastructure.
Both PCIA and Ericsson pushed Congress to streamline the installation of wireless network equipment on federal lands, arguing that the process right now is too cumbersome.
USA Fiber, an emerging competitive provider focused on dark fiber, is going to build a dark fiber network serving an array of enterprise and wholesale customers in Northern Virginia.
Zayo continues to see new opportunities to sell dark fiber, a service that has become a key requirement to participate in the wireless backhaul market segment. According to the company's estimates, dark fiber is among its highest EBITDA margin businesses and will represent 30 percent of its overall revenues.
Zayo has secured contracts with seven new customers for its dark fiber service on its upcoming Omaha-to-Dallas fiber route following its initial anchor customer sale last year.
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 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.
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.