Verizon and Sprint's ongoing move to small cells could provide a potential wireless backhaul windfall to Lumos Networks, a telco that's been aggressively expanding its fiber network in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Zayo is on the network expansion path again, announcing that it plans to extend its long haul dark fiber network between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Upon completion, this latest expansion will add over 800 route miles to its long-haul network which already spans more than 19,000 route miles.
While incumbent telcos and some competitors have shied away from providing dark fiber for wireless backhaul, a Zayo executive sees interest and adoption of dark fiber continuing to ramp.
Lumos Networks says that as it moves forward with its fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) initiative, it expects that legacy TDM-based T-1 revenue will fade out of its wholesale wireless backhaul revenue at some point in 2016.
ORLANDO, Fla.--Sprint may be in the midst of aggressively expanding its wireless network with plans to potentially deploy 20,000 cell sites and repurposing existing sites, but all of those efforts will require a robust backhaul network that today in some markets is often limited to just a few wireline operators.
Cable companies may still not have the same ubiquity or clout that incumbent telcos have enjoyed for years in the wholesale market, but it's clear that they are having an impact. In our latest feature, Cable hones its wholesale skills in special access and wireless backhaul, we take a look at how cable operators are taking on the wholesale services industry, providing services to a host of wireless operators, CLECs, IXCs and ILECs that need to fulfill out-of-territory service requirements for multi-site business customers.
Lumos Networks is putting its new 75-route mile long-haul network from Richmond to Hampton Roads, Va., to work by beginning to pre-sell services to businesses and carriers that reside along the path between these two cities.
Hawaiian Telcom said it is seeing more of its wireless backhaul customers ramp up their speeds from an initial 50 Mbps to 100 and even 200 Mbps.
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.