FiberTower fills out its fiber footprint

Wireless backhaul specialist provider FiberTower is adding more fiber to its diet by acquiring 4,000 miles of dark fiber from FiberLight.

Through this acquisition, FiberTower will instantly expand its fiber availability in eight of its core markets, including major metro areas such as Washington D.C., Atlanta and Dallas. FiberTower also secured contractual rights to purchase up to an additional 8,000 fiber miles over the next six years.

While FiberTower's model can support both fiber and microwave technology, the company said it has been seeing increased demand for Ethernet and 50 Mbps speeds. In addition, bandwidth forecasting at its sites has shown the company that it will need to increase the amount of fiber-fed sites it has.

FiberTower's fiber expansion efforts come at a time when a number of emerging wholesale players (incumbent telcos, wireless backhaul specialists, cable operators, and even VNOs) are jockeying for competitive position to take advantage of how wireless carriers such as Verizon Wireless will ramp up their LTE deployments this year.

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