Wilcon expands LA dark fiber network to accommodate new small cell deployments, data center interconnection

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Wilcon is positioning itself to become a purveyor of dark fiber services to wireless operators deploying small cell sites throughout Los Angeles.

Wilcon has expanded its network throughout Los Angeles, positioning itself to become a purveyor of dark fiber services to wireless operators deploying small cell sites throughout the city.

By making this expansion, Wilcon said it can serve “hundreds” of small cell sites across Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), including the Central Business District, Fashion District, Koreatown and Chinatown.

Wireless operators will be able to get access to a fiber backhaul network that connects the areas' small cell and macro sites to enable wireless carriers to interconnect to their core networks.

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While Wilcon did not identify any specific wireless customers, a number of operators including Sprint and Verizon Wireless have indicated that they prefer to use dark fiber for current 4G and upcoming 5G small cell deployments.

Additionally, the network takes advantage of the growing data center interconnection trend by providing services back to major colocation facilities and Internet hubs throughout the region.

Over this network, Wilcon will also offer a series of dedicated fiber network and interconnection capabilities for a host of wireless carriers, service providers and enterprises throughout Southern California.

The service provider will offer a range of services including dark fiber, lit transport, colocation, interconnection, Direct Internet Access and cloud access.

Wilcon is part of an emerging class of next-gen dark fiber providers that have become an alternative source of service to the local incumbent players. Over the past three years, the service provider has continued to expand its fiber capabilities in the Los Angeles area.

In 2014, Wilcon expanded its Southern California fiber network reach with a new ring connecting downtown Los Angeles and El Segundo. Offering 43 route miles and 22,000 fiber miles, the ring offers diverse network access from downtown Los Angeles through Hollywood, Santa Monica and Burbank to the dense commercial district in El Segundo.

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