FairPoint Communications, keen to get a piece of the emerging small cell wireless backhaul and services market being fueled by major wireless operators like Sprint and Verizon, is doing an about-face on dark fiber.
Verizon is teaming with Samsung to offer improved indoor wireless coverage for its enterprise customers.
FirstLight Fiber is enhancing its fiber diet by adding 36,000 miles into New York's Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties, enabling it to fulfill a mix of wireless backhaul and enterprise service opportunities.
No wonder Sprint was in such a hurry to release its fiscal third-quarter earnings. The foundering carrier posted a solid quarter, reporting 501,000 postpaid net additions, up from just 30,000 year-over-year, and an adjusted EBITDA of $1.9 billion, far outpacing Wall Street estimates. It posted net operating revenue of $8.1 billion, however, falling just shy of analysts' expectations of $8.2 billion.
Sprint has slashed 2,500 jobs in a third round of layoffs as it continues to trim its budget. The jobs, which represent roughly 7 percent of its workforce, will primarily be lost from closing call centers, according to a Reuters report.
Few details are known about Sprint's reported plans to save $1 billion by moving its towers from space leased by American Tower and Crown Castle to government land where rent is cheaper, as reported by Re/code last week. But analysts agree that it would be a high-risk, high-reward strategy.
The cable industry is in the midst of gearing up for 5G. Specifically, according to a top executive from the cable industry's technology research consortium, cable operators could provide the high-speed small cells to wireless operators that would support connections up to 40 Gbps.
TowerCloud plans to join the growing ranks of wholesale providers offering turnkey small cell services for wireless operators, but it says that its one advantage other national fiber providers don't have is knowledge of local markets.
The year 2015 is coming to a close and FierceInstaller is taking a look back at the top five key trends that took place in this segment. While FierceInstaller is still a relatively young publication, service providers in the traditional telco, cable and wireless arenas all are evolving their installation processes. Installation trends came on a number of fronts-- services, operations, and regulatory.
Wireless operators may still be in the early stages of their small cell strategies, but as they accelerate their plans it could be a boom for wireless backhaul equipment and wholesale providers.