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.
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.
FairPoint Communications continues to make progress with its northern New England wireless backhaul plans, announcing during its fourth-quarter earnings call that it has reached 1,100 cell towers with fiber while preparing for new small cell opportunities.
Windstream believes the ongoing buildout of its long-haul optical network will enable it to further offset the ongoing headwinds it faces in its wholesale and carrier business segments, particularly as more of its wireless carrier customers migrate off of TDM-based circuits to fiber and Ethernet.
Cincinnati Bell may have left the wireless services industry by selling its spectrum and related holdings to Verizon last April, but the service provider is aggressively pursuing new small cell wireless backhaul opportunities in its serving territory.