As more and more wireless carriers in the United States take full advantage of fiber in order to supply backhaul and other connections to small cells in anticipation of 5G deployments by the end of this decade, it is pretty understandable why some would think that traditional tower companies would feel threatened. But according to MoffettNathanson Research, tower companies should not be too worried.
Almost a decade ago, Verizon Wireless signed an agreement with the city of New York in order to set up fiber optic Internet and television service to more than three million households in the Big Apple. The Big Red was supposed to complete the fiber roll out back in 2014, but it is already 2017 and the job is still unfinished until now. Deciding it could not wait any longer, New York has filed a lawsuit against the biggest wireless carrier in the United States, citing breach of contract.
Keeping true to its promise to bring super high speed broadband service to even more homes and business establishments, AT&T has revealed its plans of bringing its newly branded AT&T Fiber service to 11 more cities across the United States. These cities include Gainesville and Panama City in Florida, Columbus in Georgia, the Central Kentucky metro area, Lafayette in Louisiana, Biloxi-Gulfport in Mississippi, the Northeast Mississippi area, Wilmington in North Carolina, Knoxville and the Southeastern Tennessee area, and Corpus Christi in Texas.
The default speed of Verizon Wireless’ FiOS Internet service is now at 50 mbps. This piece of news comes as the growth of new subscribers for the Big Red’s feature is starting to slow down.
As explained by Fran Shammo, the chief financial officer of the biggest wireless carrier in the United States, during a recent fourth quarter earnings call, more and more mobile users, particularly subscribers of Verizon Wireless, are electing to subscribe to higher data speeds. This serves as a sort of indication that mobile users of today are truly getting more reliant on the Internet and are obviously requiring more data and improved data speeds.
Making good on its plans to conduct a dramatic overhaul of its current cellular network, major US wireless carrier Sprint has decided to relocate its towers from real estate rented from Crown Castle and American Tower, to government owned land where the lease is significantly less expensive, according to Re/code. This move could allow Sprint to save as much as a billion dollars. Re/code’s report indicates that the relocation could begin as early as June of this year.
Following in Google's footsteps, Ting, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), is taking on traditional telecommunications and cable companies by offering a fiber-based gigabit-capable broadband service.
Ting officially revealed its plans of acquiring Blue Ridge InternetWorks, a web service provider based in Charlottesville, Virginia that has already started creating its fiber-based broadband network.
Ting further plans to take advantage of Blue Ridge's 35 miles of fiber network and expand it in order to offer residents of Charlottesville gigabit speed broadband service at a price range not over $100.
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