Verizon's recent move to establish an agreement with Boston and its pending purchase of XO's fiber network shows that it seeing a new value in fiber assets.
Wireless carriers are clearly keen on the dark fiber opportunity. Carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are using dark fiber to power their current macro base station backhaul, but are also looking at it for future small cell and C-RAN network deployments.
NGN, a middle mile service provider serving the North Georgia market, has added 100G capacity across its core fiber network to support its growing residential, business and service provider customers.
EE, the UK-based mobile operator recently acquired by BT, has pledged to cover 95 per cent of the UK landmass with its 4G network by 2020 in an effort to reduce the number of mobile broadband "not spots" around the country.
AT&T provided more details about its 5G tests during sessions of the Brooklyn 5G Summit last week, saying it will extend its current lab testing to an outdoor test in Austin, Texas, this summer, predominantly focusing on fixed wireless.
Call it a microcosm of the dilemma faced by rural American towns everywhere: the broadband situation in western Massachusetts, just a couple of hours' drive away from tech hub Boston, is "dismal," the co-author of a new report on last-mile internet access says.
Crown Castle's first-quarter earnings drew relatively positive responses from analysts as the company reported mixed financial results but increased its guidance for the year.
A new study by TowerXchange predicted that 48 per cent of European mobile towers will be owned by independent tower companies by 2020 as mobile network operators continue to divest their infrastructure.
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg blamed weak development of the vendor's European business for a year-on-year drop in sales during the opening quarter of 2016.
The winds of change continue blowing for the global wireline telecom industry: An International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report sees continued capital expenditures for fiber infrastructure, reaching $144.2 billion between 2014 and 2019, as next-generation technologies and particularly 5G make demands on the wireline network.