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 continues to see new opportunities in its fiber-to-the-tower business, announcing that as of the end of June it sold services to over 800 macro tower and small cell sites that leverage previous anchor FTTT network builds already in place.
Time Warner Cable is highlighting its growing portfolio of backhaul services, noting in a blog post that the company has nearly 20,000 cell towers wired for cellular backhaul service. That figure is important because it shows how important wholesale services have become to cable MSOs, particularly as residential video subscriber numbers are dropping.
As CenturyLink looks to build its revenue back into profitability, R. Stewart Ewing, the carrier's executive vice president and chief financial officer, said that he sees three opportunities to add $140 million to $150 million to its profit in the second half of 2015.
CenturyLink may finally be seeing light at the end of the legacy to next-gen Ethernet-based fiber to the tower (FTTT) revenue migration.
Tim Biltz, president and CEO of Lumos Networks, may have spent much of his career in the wireless industry, but that experience prepared him to help transform the once rural-only telco into a major provider of fiber-based services for enterprises and wireless operators.
DukeNet, a regional provider, now reaches over 3,500 cell sites as part of its growing fiber to the tower program that provides services to a number of the top wireless operators.
CenturyLink may not provide its own wireless services, but with a fiber network connected to over 16,700 towers in its footprint the telco continues to be a big enabler of wireless operators.
FairPoint Communications has set an aggressive fiber to the tower buildout strategy to reach over 1,000 towers with fiber by the end of the year. But the telco is not an advocate of the build-it-and-they-will-come approach, according to CEO Paul Sunu.
The top four wireline operators--AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, and Windstream--have become the natural purveyors of fiber to the tower services for wireless operators that need to higher speed backhaul services to accommodate the growth of their existing 3G and 4G LTE networks. Just how big is the FTTT opportunity?