Regional and metro fiber operator Zayo Bandwidth announced today that it is increasing its investments in Fiber-to-the-Tower. The company will add Ethernet and TDM backhaul services to hundreds of towers in Wilkes Barre and central Pennsylvania. The expansion brings the company to about 1700 FTTT locations with 800 under construction, or 2500 when complete. Those numbers include both standalone towers and cell sites on enterprise buildings, and are up263 from the numbers quoted in their Q3 earnings supplement of 1430 in service, 807 under construction, and 2,237 total.
It was just 7 months ago that the Zayo expanded the effort north from Philadelphia into the Lehigh Valley on the strength of that contract with TMobile. It is the fiber assets they acquired from PPL Telcom across the state that form the basis for this expansion. That fiber follows energy rights of way and perhaps the prevalence of towers on or near such properties is what boosts the economics for them in this region when it comes to FTTT.
I wonder if the next FTTT project will take advantage of the AGL footprints in Atlanta and Phoenix...
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