Verizon's intention to deploy more small cells to expand wireless coverage for 4G LTE could be a gold mine wireless backhaul opportunity for a host of regional telcos like Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint Communications and Lumos Networks.
Lumos Networks CEO Tim Biltz says the company expects to see more requests for proposals (RFPs) from its wireless carrier customers for small cell backhaul and dark fiber.
Lumos reported that during the fourth quarter it continued to see growth in both fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) and enterprise revenue, which grew 16 percent and 3 percent sequentially.
Lumos Networks has been making progress in extending its fiber network to data center locations and its recent deployment to Expedient's data center in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Center Mall (ACM) is evidence of that trend. The service provider now has 29 data centers connected to its fiber network and five in Pittsburgh alone.
Lumos' fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) site momentum continued into the third quarter, with the company reporting that it now has a total of 708 cell sites connected to its fiber network, up 31 percent year-over-year amidst a fall in overall revenues.
Lumos Networks fired up a Pittsburgh-based parallel Network Operating Center (NOC) that will concurrently replicate the functions of the company's NOC in Waynesboro, Va., and connect with the company's Project Ark all-IP network overlay designed to handle fiber-to-the-cell traffic.
Lumos Networks continued to make progress with its fiber to the cell (FTTC) buildout strategy in the second quarter, connecting 673 wireless cell sites, up 40 sequentially, which represents about a 45 percent year-over-year increase in total FTTC sites.
Lumos Networks has added 15,000 buildings to its "near-net" list, which means that fiber connectivity can be extended to the building without the need for a public right of way permit.
Lumos Networks has bolstered its business services sales power, announcing that it has named Glenn Lytle as the new vice president of Enterprise Sales.
Lumos Networks' fiber expansion plans to support fiber to the cell (FTTC) tower for wireless backhaul and business services ambitions are taking shape. But in the near-term, the reality is that its gains continue to be hindered by ongoing declines in legacy voice and access.