In its second fiber-to-the-tower-powered expansion in two weeks, Zayo announced this morning a significant expansion of its outpost in Nashville, Tennessee. Last week Zayo revealed a similar metro expansion in and around Seattle, after focusing for a few quarters on new intercity dark fiber buildouts.
Zayo originally entered Nashville when it purchased American Fiber Systems back in the summer of 2010, but it was a relatively small foothold at that point of about 40 route miles. By autumn of that year their zColo division had expanded to the city, and in 2011-12 they boosted their footprint to 104 route miles.
Three years later, this new expansion will take them from what is now 120 route miles all the way up and beyond 350 route miles - nearly 10 times what they started with. Zayo will be using that to hook up 147 towers for a wireless customer under a 20 year deal that will see $39M in upfront capex get spent. Zayo expects further FTT services including, but not limited to, small cell deployments, and will no doubt also be using the deeper fiber footprint to reach more of the enterprise market as well.