On the metro fiber front, Wilcon is planning a significant amount of new infrastructure out in California. The company is expanding its fiber reach in order to serve the backhaul needs of small cells in downtown Los Angeles.
Wilcon already has a deep presence across the Los Angeles metro area of course, including the Central Business District, Fashion District, Koreatown and Chinatown. They now plan to add a substantial amount of route miles to that network, positioning the company for the arrival of 5G.
All the big mobile companies have been putting small cells and related technologies like C-RAN through their paces over the last few years, making plans for what will come after 4G. Nearly all of those plans involve densification of the cell network – more nodes in more places. In each market, the company in pole position to win those contracts will be the one who can get closest to as many of the necessary nodes as possible, thus offering better scale and cost efficiency.
Those needs will be the driving force behind a lot of metro fiber expansions over the years in markets across the country. Operators like Wilcon will use such buildouts not just for wireless backhaul, but also to bring even more of the enterprise market within easy range of their fiber.
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