Major wireless operators' (AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless) drive to expand their respective 3G and upcoming 4G LTE and WiMAX network deployments has created a new market opportunity for aggressive alternative wireless backhaul providers like Zayo Bandwidth.
While it's true that there is an emerging number of wireless backhaul options in major Tier 1 markets, including even integrated wireless/wireline operators (AT&T and Verizon) leveraging their wireline counterpart's networks, the more challenging aspect is when these operators extend their networks into secondary and tertiary markets where facilities are scarce. Alternative providers like Zayo are finding a sizeable niche in the wireless backhaul market serving secondary and tertiary markets that many larger wholesalers and even incumbents don't reach with their respective fiber networks.
Zayo's response to this market need is to continually expand its fiber-to-tower (FTT) footprint with the addition of Ethernet and TDM services to wireless tower sites located in central and Wilkes Barre, Pa. With this latest network expansion, Zayo will increase the number of FTT locations it serves to over 1,700. It also has over another 800 new locations pending.
"We have network assets where customers need them, and we're continually deploying more," said Chris Murphy, vice president, sales and business development for Zayo Bandwidth in a release. "What's more, we don't simply deploy fiber; we design and implement custom networks and employ trained, experienced people who support wireless carriers' needs as they connect to Zayo supported towers."
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