FiberTower announced that it has expanded its fiber footprint with a purchase of approximately 4,000 miles of dark fiber from FiberLight, a leading optical transport company.

The transaction increases the current fiber footprint of FiberTower, a wireless backhaul services provider, in eight of its core markets. In addition to the initial purchase, FiberTower secured contractual rights to increase its capacity by up to an additional 8,000 fiber miles over the next six years. 

Over the past several quarters, FiberTower has received growing interest in its Ethernet and high-capacity transport solutions that require circuits of at least 50 Mbps.  Bandwidth forecasting at FiberTower’s sites have also indicated a need for a higher proportion of fiber-fed sites.

In response to these trends, and in order to maintain control over costs and network quality, FiberTower has assumed a greater ownership of company-managed fiber solutions. The transaction with FiberLight provides FiberTower with scalable capacity on eight diverse routes across the southern United States, including key markets such as Washington D.C., Atlanta and Dallas.

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