Dark fiber, which is the practice of leasing fiber optic cables from a network service provider, has re-emerged as the latest fashion trend in the wireline industry. The dark fiber opportunity is focused on serving three main markets: wireless backhaul, enterprise customers and traditional carriers. However, like any market segment, service providers remain divided on the opportunity.
Whether it's a traditional carrier that needs to fill in a coverage gap, a content company that wants control over its infrastructure, or a school district that wants to be able to flexibly scale bandwidth to fulfill the growth of digital learning initiatives, we address these issues in our latest special report, Dark fiber creates new fortunes for ILECs, cable and CLECs.
Southern Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of electric utility Southern Company, has added more dark fiber to its service diet with an expansion of its existing network and additions to the number of on-net buildings in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala.
FiberLight continues to make progress with its Texas expansion project, announcing that it is on track to connect nearly 800 wireless cell towers in the state and install 1,765 route miles of fiber networks this year.
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.
DALLAS—Tower Cloud has enhanced its product portfolio outside of being just a wireless backhaul-centric provider by serving up a new line of Ethernet Private Line services for enterprise customers.
Lumos Networks has officially completed the buildout of its Project Ark fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) network initiative and has already begun testing with one wholesale customer.
WOW! Business is capitalizing on the growth of its business and wholesale markets in the 19 markets it serves by expanding and streamlining its service delivery process.
Consumer and business users' appetite for wireless service consumption will be a boon for wireline providers, because it will require operators to continue upgrading their backhaul networks with a mix of fiber and Ethernet facilities.
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.