Zayo wins 500-site small cell densification deal with large wireless operator

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Zayo has been selected by an unnamed wireless operator to deploy over 500 small cell sites in two large metro areas.

Under the terms of the multimillion-dollar agreement, Zayo will provide its set of turnkey mobile solutions, including small cell citing, placement and installation.

According to Zayo, the small cell deployment is part of the carrier’s densification strategy to increase coverage and capacity in major metro areas.

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Each of these projects will leverage Zayo’s distributed network of field operations teams, existing pole infrastructure and strong relationships with municipalities across the U.S.

Zayo has continued to make a mark in the wireless industry, providing its fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) and small cell solutions to several wireless operators looking to increase network coverage and capacity. The trend has resulted in growth of its small cells unit over the past year and favorable economics for all elements of Zayo’s mobile infrastructure solution set.

“As the wireless industry increases the pace of small cell deployment, we expect to see outsized growth in this area,” said Jack Waters, CTO and president of Fiber Solutions at Zayo, in a release.

Small cell deployments continue to be a key growth driver for Zayo’s Fiber Solutions, a trend that continued in its fiscal fourth-quarter 2017 earnings.

Zayo’s Fiber Solutions and Enterprise Solutions segment reported revenues of $190 and $137 million, while its total Communications Infrastructure segment revenue was $509.1 million.

The service provider said during its earnings call that it expects further contributions to Communications Infrastructure revenues from Fiber Solutions and the Colocation segment.