Level 3 says small cell backhaul has potential, must align with other on-net business service opportunities

Level 3 Communications may have not have pursued the tower backhaul opportunity as aggressively as its other fiber-based counterparts, but the service provider continues to see potential in extending its fiber to small cell deployments.

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Verizon Wireless taps Tower Cloud for its Atlanta small cell network deployment

Verizon Wireless has named Tower Cloud as its backhaul partner for its new 4G LTE small cell deployment in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

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CenturyLink’s Ewing: Fiber-based backhaul revenue will start to surpass displaced TDM circuits by the end of 2014

CenturyLink may finally be seeing light at the end of the legacy to next-gen Ethernet-based fiber to the tower (FTTT) revenue migration.

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FairPoint’s Sunu: We’ll connect 1,000 towers with our fiber in 2013

FairPoint Communications has set an aggressive fiber to the tower buildout strategy to reach over 1,000 towers with fiber by the end of the year. But the telco is not an advocate of the build-it-and-they-will-come approach, according to CEO Paul Sunu.

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Lumos targets wireless backhaul, business opportunities with reserve E-Line service

Lumos Networks has introduced its Ethernet Commercial Reserve E-Line Service that will address a mix of business service and wholesale fiber to the tower applications.

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Lumos targets wireless backhaul, business opportunities with reserve E-Line service

Lumos Networks has introduced its Ethernet Commercial Reserve E-Line Service that will address a mix of business service and wholesale fiber to the tower applications.

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Southern Telecom extends dark fiber to Tower Cloud’s Ga. wireless backhaul network

Southern Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of power utility Southern Company, is leasing more dark fiber to help wireless backhaul specialist Tower Cloud increase network capacity in Florida and Georgia.

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Southern Telecom extends dark fiber to Tower Cloud’s Ga. wireless backhaul network

Southern Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of power utility Southern Company, is leasing more dark fiber to help wireless backhaul specialist Tower Cloud increase network capacity in Florida and Georgia.

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AT&T, Verizon, others hone their wireless backhaul skills

The top four wireline operators–AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, and Windstream–have become the natural purveyors of fiber to the tower services for wireless operators that need to higher speed backhaul services to accommodate the growth of their existing 3G and 4G LTE networks. Just how big is the FTTT opportunity?

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Lumos Networks’ enterprise, FTTT gains drive up revenue to $52.5 million

Lumos Networks' continued expansion into IP-based business and wholesale services, particularly fiber to the tower services for wireless operators, drove up Q1 2013 revenues year-over-year to $52.5 million.

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Lumos Networks’ enterprise, FTTT gains drive up revenue to $52.5 million

Lumos Networks' continued expansion into IP-based business and wholesale services, particularly fiber to the tower services for wireless operators, drove up Q1 2013 revenues year-over-year to $52.5 million.

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Lumos Networks’ enterprise, FTTT gains drive up revenue to $52.5 million

United Fiber & Data enters low latency network game

United Fiber and Data (UFD), an emerging fiber-centric service provider, on Thursday unveiled plans to build a fiber network that will offer a new low-latency path from the New York City metro area to Ashburn, Va., a major Internet peering point. Over this network, UFD will offer three main services–dark fiber, colocation and data center–to both service providers and industry verticals such as healthcare, education and the financial trading industry. UFD, which was founded in 2009, has completed all of the necessary planning and secured rights of way along the network route, which is set to begin the first phase of construction this week. Upon completion, UFD's privately-owned network will provide a DWDM-based network that it says will be able to deliver services of up to 100 Gbps. Along this route, the 300-mile network will interconnect with a number of the key data center, carrier interconnect and financial trading locations in the New York/New Jersey and northern Virginia areas

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United Fiber & Data enters low latency network game

United Fiber and Data (UFD), an emerging fiber-centric service provider, on Thursday unveiled plans to build a fiber network that will offer a new low-latency path from the New York City metro area to Ashburn, Va., a major Internet peering point. Over this network, UFD will offer three main services–dark fiber, colocation and data center–to both service providers and industry verticals such as healthcare, education and the financial trading industry. UFD, which was founded in 2009, has completed all of the necessary planning and secured rights of way along the network route, which is set to begin the first phase of construction this week. Upon completion, UFD's privately-owned network will provide a DWDM-based network that it says will be able to deliver services of up to 100 Gbps

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Windstream sees strong FTTT uptake

Windstream ( Nasdaq: WIN ) may not be a wireless operator itself, but it has become a key member of the wireless ecosystem as a provider of Fiber to the Tower (FTTT) backhaul services. Gardner (Image source: Windstream) Speaking at the Citi Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas, Jeff Gardner, CEO and President of Windstream, said that in 2012 the provider improved its methods to deliver FTTT. “We made a lot of progress with our ability to quickly turn these up for our customers and begin generating revenue,” he said. “In 60 percent of the markets, we are the incumbent so the failure to win those contracts would have meant two things: letting another competitor in and losing all of the TDM revenue that we get today from the circuits that we provide to wireless carriers.” By the end of 2013, Windstream will complete the majority of of its FTTT buildouts in both its traditional legacy regions and in new regions it entered through the various acquisitions it made in recent years.

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FairPoint to bring Ethernet backhaul to 1,300 New England towers

FairPoint Communications ( Nasdaq: FRP ) on Thursday forecast that its Ethernet Fiber to the Tower (FTTT) business in northern New England will grow by more than 39 percent this year. The telco has made significant progress with FTTT, having only entered the market segment in 2010. As of the end of last year, FairPoint reported that it had signed contracts to more than 950 mobile towers on its fiber-based backhaul network. This year, the telco said it will add over 1,300 new connection points on its network based on contracts with various major wireless operators

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Zayo’s fiber network is now connected to 10,000 buildings

Zayo Group on Tuesday reached its 10,000 on-net building milestone, enabling it to offer high bandwidth services to a large mix of enterprise and wholesale service provider customers. The service provider's footprint now stretches across 45 states and Washington, D.C., in addition to seven countries. This on-net building presence is supported by 67,000 route miles and 4.7 million miles of total fiber. The on-net reach has become a major piece of Zayo's Bandwidth Infrastructure business, accounting for $918 million in annualized revenue and $490 million in adjusted EBITDA. A big part of the service provider's network expansion came from customer requests for more bandwidth.

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Integra’s Kevin O’Hara on transitioning to larger-scale wholesale, retail business services

O'Hara (Image source: Integra) For much of its 30-plus year existence, Integra Telecom was known for its dedication to the small to medium business (SMB) market through its local touch and good old customer service. But in recent years, the service provider realized that the assets it purchased from Electric Lightwave (ELI) and Eschelon in 2005 gave it a set of long-haul and metro fiber assets it could use to build a set of retail and wholesale services for larger businesses and service providers. Integra's reinvigoration comes from its chief executive officer, Kevin O'Hara. The Level 3 Communications ( NYSE: LVLT ) co-founder and MFS (Metropolitan Fiber Systems) executive, who took over as the CLEC's CEO last year, has been building a new set of services, including fiber-based Ethernet, Ethernet over Copper (EoC), wholesale Ethernet, wavelength services, and most recently, dark fiber. FierceTelecom Editor Sean Buckley caught up with O'Hara to discuss the CLEC's emerging retail and wholesale service strategies.

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Integra’s Kevin O’Hara on transitioning to larger-scale wholesale, retail business services

Integra’s Kevin O’Hara on transitioning to larger-scale wholesale, retail business services

O'Hara (Image source: Integra) For much of its 30-plus year existence, Integra Telecom was known for its dedication to the small to medium business (SMB) market through its local touch and good old customer service. But in recent years, the service provider realized that the assets it purchased from Electric Lightwave (ELI) and Eschelon in 2005 gave it a set of long-haul and metro fiber assets it could use to build a set of retail and wholesale services for larger businesses and service providers. Integra's reinvigoration comes from its chief executive officer, Kevin O'Hara. The Level 3 Communications ( NYSE: LVLT ) co-founder and MFS (Metropolitan Fiber Systems) executive, who took over as the CLEC's CEO last year, has been building a new set of services, including fiber-based Ethernet, Ethernet over Copper (EoC), wholesale Ethernet, wavelength services, and most recently, dark fiber. FierceTelecom Editor Sean Buckley caught up with O'Hara to discuss the CLEC's emerging retail and wholesale service strategies.

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Windstream set to deliver VDSL2, bonded ADSL2+

Windstream ( Nasdaq: WIN ) plans to begin offering parts of its customer base in November faster broadband speeds via a mix of VDSL2 and ADSL2+ with bonding technologies. Set to be delivered across 87 of its telephone exchanges, a post in Broadband Reports said that customers who reside in those markets will have a choice of three new speed tiers: a 12/2 Mbps package; 24/2 Mbps package; and a 24/4 Mbps package enabled either via VDSL2 with bonding and Fiber to the Premises (FTTP). While these speeds still pale in comparison to what a cable operator can deliver over its DOCSIS 2.0 and 3.0-enabled HFC lines, these new speeds are much faster than the typical 3-6 Mbps speeds that Windstream has been able to deliver to the majority of its customer base. A number of users in various regions the telco serves have said in the Windstream forum that they have experienced heavy congestion on their DSL lines

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Sizing up the top telcos in Q2 2012

With the Q2 2012 earnings season coming to an end, FierceTelecom has put together a summary of the performance of the top incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). As seen in previous quarters, ILECs are finding ways to offset ongoing wireline voice loss by emphasizing the sales of IP-based business and consumer services, including broadband data, video and Ethernet, in addition to expanding their respective Fiber to the Tower (FTTT) footprints to provide wireless backhaul services to wireless operators. Read more

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