Zayo Expands Fiber to the Tower Effort

November 13th, 2009 by · 3 Comments

Zayo Bandwidth has further expanded its fiber to the tower offensive in eastern Pennsylvania.  The company announced today that it will bring another 300 towers on-net in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.   It was a little over a year ago that Zayo won a contract with TMobile for tower backhaul in Philadelphia and Memphis, apparently that effort has been going well enough to justify further investment.

Once complete, Zayo will have more than 1100 wireless towers on-net, with the vast majority of them in those two areas.  Well, three - since the Lehigh Valley is a good ways north of Philadelphia.  In those two markets, they probably have more towers on-net than anyone other than the ILEC, and maybe more than the ILEC with actual fiber.  If Philly, why not elsewhere?

The buzz about the tower backhaul market has been getting stronger and stronger, but this has to be just the beginning.  As 4G networks start coming online in force and people start using them to their fullest potential, those who are ready with fiber stand to make good money.

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  • carlk says:

    Who is this Boy Wonder that leaves (3) in a mess and corresponding debt gone wild quandary while moving on to compete against them with an apparent look of ease to it?

    He must be part of some Kiewit Mafia with deep roots to Buffett.

    How do I own a piece of him!

  • Parkite says:

    I am surprised more providers aren’t pursuing this oppty. Seems to be hiding in plain site. I would imagine this oppty is WIDE open in the former US West footprint as Qwest could never coordinate an effort like this. Too much bureaucracy.

  • Brian Scully says:

    Doesn’t microwave backhaul offer lower initial costs, high scalability, service flexibility and the ability to rapidly deploy vs. FTTT especially as 4G rolls out?

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