Pound for pound, few US fiber operators have been putting as much new network in the ground than Everstream in the last couple years. Each year they announce a new set of targets, and in 2021 the company says it will focus a substantial amount of resources on seven metro fiber markets.
As part of that effort, they will build out 1047 metro route miles. They plan to add 96 route miles in Fort Wayne, 97 route miles in South Bend, 96 route miles in Lexington, 243 route miles in Louisville, 218 route miles in Cincinnati, 225 route miles in Dayton, and 72 route miles in Ohio. Of those, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati, and everything in Kentucky appear to be completely new markets for Everstream.
Those network assets will support connectivity for 2,000 macro cell towers as the region prepares for 5G, which has of course been an ongoing a multi-year effort for the industry as a whole. Everstream has plans to keep adding a few thousand route miles of fiber to its network in each of the next few years.
Some of that may also be added inorganically, as it was in 2020 when they bought fiber from Uniti in Milwaukee and acquired Rocket Fiber in Michigan. But to support 5G plenty will have to be new fiber builds.
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