Thursday, April 25, 2019

Who Sits on the Throne For Most Fiber-Lit Buildings?

For the third year in a row, it's AT&T, reports, with Crown Castle climbing the charts at number seven.  While there has been some jockeying from year-to-year, the top contenders remain, in order: AT&T, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox, Crown Castle Fiber, Frontier, Zayo, and Altice USA. To make the list, the fiber providers had to wrap up the previous year with at least 10,000 fiber-lit buildings in the United States.

The challenge defined "fiber-lit" as "a commercial site or data center that has on-net optical fiber connectivity to a network provider’s infrastructure, plus active service termination equipment onsite.” The definition did not include cell towers, small cell arrangement, private installations, and other alternatives.

VSG Principal, Rosemary Cochran, stated: "Following a flurry of mergers and acquisitions, fiber providers focused on new build-outs in 2018, to meet customer demand for higher-speed dedicated access to business services and to support 5G pilots.” She added that the wealth of buildings that are not yet fiber-lit represents a true opportunity for providers to step in and offer their services.

Additionally, 13 companies qualified for recognition with 2,000-9,999 U.S. fiber lit commercial buildings. They include: Atlantic Broadband, Cincinnati Bell, Cleareon, Cogent, Consolidated Communications, FiberLight, FirstLight, GTT, IFN, Logix Fiber Networks, Segra, Unite Private Networks and Uniti Fiber.  
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