Shentel expands Mid-Atlantic fiber network to pursue new business, wireless backhaul opportunities

Shentel is expanding its fiber network in parts of four states, enabling the provider to pursue a mix of dark and lit fiber-based services for business and wholesale wireless customers.

Areas in its wireline footprint that will benefit from this latest expansion are Cumberland, Md., Morgantown, West Va., and Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hershey, Waynesboro and York, Pa.

The service provider said that work is continuing in and around the cities of Staunton, Lexington, Lynchburg and Roanoke, Va.

By making this expansion, Shentel will be able to support up to 100G speeds as needed for customers served by its mid-Atlantic fiber optic network.

Wireless backhaul is a key target for Shentel. Besides serving its own growing wireless arm, the service provider has over 4,500 fiber route miles and 235 wireless towers connected to its fiber network throughout Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

Fiber services continue to be a factor in Shentel's revenue mix. While it has not announced its fourth quarter 2015 results yet, the service provider reported $7.1 million in wholesale fiber service business sales.

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