Frontier Communications is finding that the fiber to the tower builds it is conducting for its wireless operator customers is a good foundation to deliver fiber-based services to area businesses.
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.
Software defined networking as a whole may still be a nascent concept, but according to a new Strategy Analytics study that was sponsored by Tellabs, it could help mobile operators save over $4 billion in wireless backhaul expenses by 2013.
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.
Equinox Global Telecommunications, a privately-held competitive fiber provider, has begun taking dark fiber orders on its Charlotte, N.C., route while continuing to expand its network in Georgia.
PEG Bandwidth, an emerging wireless backhaul specialist, has added over 1,100 new fiber route miles by completing its acquisition of Contact Network, which does business as InLine.
Lumos Networks has introduced its Ethernet Commercial Reserve E-Line Service that will address a mix of business service and wholesale fiber to the tower applications.
Southern Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of power utility Southern Company, is leasing more dark fiber to help wireless backhaul specialist Tower Cloud increase network capacity in Florida and Georgia.
Wholesale wireless backhaul services have become a growing revenue source for Tier 2 telcos, a number of which don't have a wireless operation and have spent much of their lives selling voice services. In our new feature, we look at how the top seven Tier 2 telcos are attacking the wireless backhaul opportunity.
As wireless operators expand their 4G LTE rollouts into secondary and tertiary markets, where they tend to have little, if any, wireline facilities, they have turned to a host of independent telcos for wireless backhaul services. How are carriers like Frontier, Shentel, and Hawaiian Telcom taking advantage of the backhaul opportunity?