Sprint and Windstream may be ramping up their presence in the Ethernet services race, but to get the necessary scale these service providers can't justify building out fiber to every business location they serve.
Verizon is quietly making plans to hit back at the decline in Ethernet cable orders with an program dubbed "Titan" – which hasn't been officially announced yet – geared toward preventing wholesale and retail customers from turning to cable competitors.
AT&T may have recently reached its goal to equip 1 million business locations, but it plans to expand the footprint further via GPON and traditional carrier Ethernet technologies.
FairPoint says its new line of construction services was driven by the growing demand from its wireless wholesale customers' ongoing small cell buildouts.
AT&T is finding that as it comes closer to reaching its goal of installing fiber to 1 million buildings in its wireline territory, more property managers are seeing the value of having fiber at their facilities, a phenomenon that's going to give network installers more work.
Tower Cloud has begun the installation of a 1,300 mile dark fiber network in Florida, one that will serve one of the top U.S. wireless operators.
Comcast Business finally made its official entry into the large business space with new division called Comcast Enterprise, but its acquisition of Contingent is the secret weapon that will assist that division in fulfilling on-net and off-net site service requests.
Comcast Business announced it will spend $350,000 to roll out a fiber network to the Meyers Business Park in Chino, Calif. Comcast will install more than three and a half miles of fiber through underground conduit and aerial poles from existing lines to the business park and its 166 business residents.
Wave Broadband launched fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to NEMA, a building with 750 units in San Francisco, on June 11. Wave's service, which offers symmetrical speeds, will cost $100 for 1 Gbps or $80 for 100 Mbps.
The IEEE has proposed a new standard that the organization says will result in significantly higher Ethernet speeds over category 5e and category 6 cabling. The standard is expected to be ratified in 2016 or 2017.