Quickly on the heels of a longhaul fiber build announcement, Zayo has another at the other extreme of the network. They've announced a turnkey small cell deployment out in Indianapolis. The first sites are already in service, with more than 100 to be installed by the middle of next year.
Small cells have been the topic of a lot of discussion across the wireless backhaul industry all year, but we've only seen the talk turn into action in trials and special situations. Everyone believes they are needed, but figuring out the business model has taken some time.
Zayo's announcement reads a lot like their early fiber-to-the-tower ones, i.e. as a declaration that the product they unveiled earlier this year in Indianapolis and seven other markets is now ready. Offering site acquisition, node development and installation, and fiber backhaul, they are deploying most of their small cells on a "Zayo-owned, standalone vertical structure" which seems like a platform aimed at multiple small cell tenants.
Indianapolis is one of Zayo's oldest, deepest metro fiber markets, courtesy of the acquisition of Indiana Fiber Works way back in 2007, making it a good place to work out the kinks in the next phase of the great wireless backhaul buildout.