Incumbent carrier FairPoint Communications is changing its tune on dark fiber services, advocating the technology as the changing E-Rate program for schools and opportunities around small cell technologies are too good to pass up.
Level 3 Communications did not follow the rest of the wholesale provider industry's wireless tower backhaul blitz, but the service provider does see small cells as one of several opportunities for its dark fiber business.
Lumos has set some ambitious goals for its fiber roll out in its Virginia market, adding more on-net buildings to its fiber network and conducting 825-mile fiber network expansion – two milestones that were enabled by accelerating its fiber installation process.
Southern Telecom is on the network expansion trail again, announcing an agreement with Georgia Transmission Corp. to build a 75-mile dark fiber route between Winder and Hartwell, Ga.
Shentel continues to find gold in selling wholesale fiber services to enterprise and carrier customers in its serving area, a trend that continued into the fourth quarter as total sales for the year rose 22 percent to $22 million.
Google announced it will use existing fiber to roll out its Internet service to "some apartments, condos and affordable housing properties" in San Francisco, the 22nd metro area where Google Fiber is landing. Google Fiber will run up against Comcast, AT&T, Webpass, Monkeybrains and other existing Internet service providers in San Francisco.
EarthLink is seeing basic fundamentals like best practices around network installation paying off. The competitive carrier reported that it saw an uptick in dark fiber and overall fourth quarter wholesale service sales.
Verizon's newly announced $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communication's fiber network may be taking out another fiber competitor, but since the telco still uses fiber from other suppliers like Level 3 Communications and Zayo Group there are plenty of opportunities for other players to compete for their business, a Wells Fargo analyst says.
Verizon is acquiring competitive provider XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion, giving it an expanded network to deepen its Ethernet penetration while satisfying its small cell and wireless backhaul needs.
EarthLink is a dark fiber advocate, but the service provider sticking to its strategy of selling the service to enterprise customers versus carriers.