Verizon Partners, Verizon's Wholesale network arm, has set a rather ambitious goal for itself: connect 90 percent of the cell sites in its territory with fiber by the year 2013, a goal that is in line with Verizon Wireless' LTE deployment schedule. Last spring, Verizon Partners launched a new series of Ethernet/IP and traditional Ethernet over SONET fiber-based products garnered at wireless backhaul needs.
Verizon Partner Solutions says it plans to have fiber present in at least 25-30 top markets. Of course, as a wholesale operator, Verizon Partners is not only going to sell to its brother Verizon Wireless but also to other wireless operators that have a need for fiber and Ethernet-based wireless backhaul. In the cell towers where Verizon Wireless resides, there are usually four to five other wireless operators, all of which are requiring increased capacity constraints from an uptick in wireless data and multimedia service use. But while it would seem like a slam dunk that every wireless operator would want fiber today, Daniel Llamas, Director of VPS Wireless FTTCS Customer Support, said that really they are moving at their own pace.
"Each of them have their own time frames," Llamas said in a recent interview with Telephony Magazine. "Some carriers, who are ready for 4G, are getting ahead of the curve, but there are other carriers who aren't ready yet."