I don’t know how I missed it at the time, but last week Zayo Group (news, filings) unveiled yet another investment into its Fiber-to-the-tower program. While the supra-regional fiber operator had already put money into FTT projects around Memphis, this new deployment will add another 34 cell sites both in Memphis and now across the southern border into northern Mississippi, including such towns as Southaven and Olive Branch (see map snippet below).
Zayo’s fiber in Memphis derives from its acquisition of Memphis Networx back in the early stages of its multi-year acquisition spree, and the city remains one of the company’s biggest markets with over 450 on-net buildings. Of those, 142 are already cell sites to which these additional 34 will be added. They also have over 250 enterprise buildings on-net, as well as the usual wholesale collection of local switching offices, wireless service centers, and carrier POPs.
With the acquisition of American Fiber Systems which closed at the beginning of Q4, Zayo now has a new set of markets whose assets may be sufficiently dense to support the expansion of their FTT efforts. We saw that start already up in Minneapolis, but I wonder if one or two of those new markets up in the Rockies won’t be next on the list.
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