Zayo continues to see new opportunities to sell dark fiber, a service that has become a key requirement to participate in the wireless backhaul market segment. According to the company's estimates, dark fiber is among its highest EBITDA margin businesses and will represent 30 percent of its overall revenues.
Comcast Business' creation of a new unit focusing on large businesses has raised speculation that it could purchase Level 3 Communications as a way to gain a national fiber footprint.
Zayo has secured contracts with seven new customers for its dark fiber service on its upcoming Omaha-to-Dallas fiber route following its initial anchor customer sale last year.
Wireless backhaul has become a big business opportunity for a growing number of wireline-centric service providers, but providing fiber and bandwidth services has become just one part of a broader equation for Unite Private Networks (UPN) and Zayo.
While the largest U.S.-based wireless operators are in various stages of their small cell roll outs, Zayo is seeing growing demand to provide fiber-based backhaul connectivity and turnkey solutions.
Unite Private Networks has extended dark fiber services to its 100 th cell site in Iowa for a large wireless operator.
Zayo continues to see that dark fiber services-- something that traditional telcos won't offer-- is a growing factor in its wireless backhaul business.
Windstream has taken another step forward in its ongoing 100G network expansion into the New York market by deploying its core network infrastructure in Zayo's area colocation facilities.
Zayo continues to see new opportunities in its fiber-to-the-tower business, announcing that as of the end of June it sold services to over 800 macro tower and small cell sites that leverage previous anchor FTTT network builds already in place.
San Francisco's Bay Area has been the target for more than 12 fiber-optic cable cuts in a year that have resulted in service disruption and impacted emergency phone calls. Some of these cuts have occurred repeatedly at the same location and the way they have occurred, often in the same night in areas of the East Bay and around San Jose, Calif., has authorities believing that the attacks were intentional, according to the Wall Street Journal.