Crown Castle unveiled plans to further invest in its fiber footprint in Los Angeles and the surrounding region yesterday. They plan to enhance and supplement the company’s existing infrastructure with an expanded product suite.
Crown Castle’s footprint in southern California derives mainly from its acquisitions of Sunesys and Wilcon, a combination that gives them significant regional depth of 5674 route miles of fiber hooking up 1,921 buildings. The integration of those assets has been underway for a while now, and the company plans to bring a full suite of services to the enterprise market. By January of next year they’ll be able to sell dark fiber, Ethernet, wavelength, private networks, internet access, colocation, and cloud transport.
The company’s other big fiber consolidation moves over the past few years were Lightower in the Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic and FPL Fibernet down in Florida and Texas. I expect we will be hearing a bit more about their plans in those markets over the next quarter or two. Crown Castle’s M&A appetite has had a lot to do with tower backhaul of course, but the company seems to mean business in taking on the enterprise connectivity space as well.
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