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‘You’re assuming fiber is there:’ The less-talked about roles of fiber in 5G networks

FiberLight exec: Industry is 'too consumed with fiber to the tower' For the last three decades, the demand for mobile data has grown exponentially, driving tremendous capacity expansions and the need for more network infrastructure, especially as 5G networks continue to rollout. FiberLight’s Executive VP...

Zayo lands its largest-ever deal to connect towers

Fiber provider Zayo will be connecting thousands of macro towers in 30 markets across 21 states, in what the company says is its largest mobile infrastructure contract to date. Zayo will be doing the backhaul work for an unnamed "major wireless carrier" and it includes...

Vodafone investing big in fiber-to-the-premises in U.K.

Fiber partnership between Vodafone and CityFibre targets 5 million homes and business by 2025 You can't have wireless without wires--a telecom paradigm illustrated by Vodafone's partnership with CityFibre to significantly expand the reach of fiber-to-the-premises connectivity in the U.K. over the next eight years. The partners...

ExteNet Systems planning indoor and outdoor CBRS testing

Integration of shared CBRS spectrum into neutral host model opens up new use cases Based on a recent filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Systems, neutral host provider ExteNet Systems is looking to incorporate CBRS technology into its distributed network approach. Integration of spectrum support...

Zayo CEO: 5G is ‘the big prize’ for infrastructure ecosystem

5G success depends on decreasing time and cost of 5G deployments and, beneath it all, fiber Speaking in Orlando, Fla., at the recent Wireless Infrastructure Show, Zayo President and CEO Dan Caruso discussed how 5G represents not just a huge revenue opportunity for the wireless...

Wireless evolution depends on dense, future-looking fiber networks

Fiber networks require a public-private partnership approach to be economically viable ORLANDO--Smart buildings turning urban cores into smart cities filled with autonomous cars and drones, and ubiquitous, high seed, low latency networks supporting the needs of consumers, enterprises and the seemingly endless growth of the...

Crown Castle picks up L.A.-area fiber provider

Dense SoCal fiber footprint is expected to boost small cell deployments. Crown Castle has agreed to acquire Los Angeles-based fiber and data center provider Wilcon for $600 million. According to transaction information provided by Crown Castle, privately held Wilcon has a fiber footprint of...

Fiber as the ‘physical layer empowerment’ of virtualization

Network densification, particularly with increasing carrier deployments of small cells, enables pinpoint coverage and capacity for data-hungry subscribers. But, as more and more access points go into the field, the more difficult it becomes to manage and optimize a network. This is where virtualization...

ZenFi builds dark fiber spider web for 5G across five boroughs of NYC

There may be no more appropriate place in the United States than New York City for a discussion on network densification and the challenges of "5G." ZenFi, a dark fiber backhaul company claiming to have the first solution of its kind deployed specifically to...

SDN controlled carrier Ethernet on display at MEF16

Adtran, Spirent Communications to show proof of concept showcasing automated provisioning and assurance of carrier Ethernet services over SDN-controlled NG-PON2 networks Open networking solutions provider Adtran and service assurance solutions provider Spirent Communications plan to host a proof of concept showcase to demonstrate solutions for zero-touch onboarding...

AT&T expands fiber footprint in Dallas

In a major expansion to its fiber network footprint, AT&T is planning to extend its GigaPower Internet service offering into parts of Southern Dallas. Once the area south of the Trinity River and Interstate 30 is hooked up to fiber, AT&T will have effectively doubled...

AT&T expands fiber footprint in Dallas

In a major expansion to its fiber network footprint, AT&T is planning to extend its GigaPower Internet service offering into parts of Southern Dallas. Once the area south of the Trinity River and Interstate 30 is hooked up to fiber, AT&T will have effectively doubled...

O2 CTO calls for help from the dark side

HetNet densification requires robust fiber infrastructure LONDON – At the Small Cells World Summit, Telefonica O2 CTO Brendan O’Reilly risked offending delegates when he claimed the technology “isn’t that important.” But, O’Reilly was addressing the topic of commercializing the heterogeneous network from the consumer standpoint. It...

Verizon to drop $300 million on Boston fiber build

In a somewhat surprising move, Verizon announced this week it would invest $300 million to deploy a fiber-based network in Boston, Massachusetts, meant to set the stage for future smart city initiatives as well as 5G mobile services. Why's that surprising in a period when...

5G backhaul: More capacity, edge intelligence

Evolution toward 5G, small cell deployments and dark fiber all impact backhaul outlook Network densification, currently being driven by deployment of small cells, will be a pillar of next-generation "5G" mobile networks. But as demand for capacity drives infrastructure expansion, carriers and managed services providers...

Dark fiber key to future of small cells, backhaul

Beneath the surface of the world’s wireless infrastructure lies a growing tapestry of fiber optic cable interwoven to provide a blanket of coverage for an expanding number of mobile users. A portion of this fiber sits unused, waiting for networks to expand to the...

The mysteries of dark fiber and future of backhaul

Cell Tower News is brought to you by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE). On this episode of Cell Tower News, host Joey Jackson discusses the state of the wireless ecosystem, delves into the mysteries of dark fiber and gets an insider's perspective on backhaul...

Tower Cloud to add 1,300 miles of dark fiber to Florida network

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Tower Cloud, a broadband infrastructure service provider, will expand its dark fiber network by 1,300 miles in Florida. At the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 Tower & Small Cell Summit, the company announced it has signed a new contract with one of the...

Verizon looks to dark fiber, small cells for densification

LAS VEGAS--Verizon Wireless surprised the telecom industry this week by announcing it would trial 5G in 2016, which is two years before other planned trials. Network densification, along with accessing new, higher-band spectrum, is considered a key part of an ultimate 5G standard, and...

Fiber wars: Birch expanding in four major metros

Dallas, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles get more metro fiber Atlanta-based Birch Communications is steadily expanding its metro fiber assets, most recently in major markets of Dallas and Houston, Texas; Denver and Los Angeles. The additional fiber connects 46 buildings to metro fiber rings. Birch presently connects...

Fiber infrastructure expanding in three U.S. markets

Fiber infrastructure expansions from Zayo and Southern Telecom are poised to bring better connectivity options to three American markets. On Dec. 4, Zayo Group Holdings, a publicly traded bandwidth infrastructure provider based in Boulder, Colo., announced an acquisition of IdeaTek Systems. IdeaTek is a fiber operator...

Zayo Group completes its IPO

Venture-backed fiber provider Zayo Group has completed its initial public offering. The company’s stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ZAYO ticker symbol last Friday, when it rose 17% in its first day of trading. Zayo offered about 24 million shares...

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