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Tower Cloud to Provide Dark Fiber to Top-Tier Cellular Operator

September 11, 2015

Fiber network operator Tower Cloud continues to expand, both in terms of its geographic footprint and in terms of its product portfolio.

Tower Cloud earlier this week announced that it has a new contract to provide a top-tier cellular operator with 1,300 miles of dark fiber in Florida to serve wireless towers. That brings the company’s fiber reach to 6,800 route miles.

The company’s growing fiber network is mainly in the Southeastern part of the U.S. and reaches 16 markets. There are 1,600 on-net locations and 40,000 near-net locations.

Established in 2006 by Ron Mudry, Tower Cloud today offers Ethernet backhaul solutions to such well-known companies as MetroPCS, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. Tower Cloud also provides service to enterprise, military, and wholesale customers.

In addition to offering connectivity like backhaul over its fiber network Tower Cloud also supports small cell deployments, and related services like permitting and site selection. For example, Tower Cloud built 22 nodes for Olympic Centennial Park in Atlanta, and provides services over that infrastructure. And this new effort will allow it to expand into offering dark fiber as well, George Townsend, Tower Cloud’s senior vice president of business development, explained in an interview earlier this week at CTIA in Las Vegas.

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Tower Cloud expects to expand its dark fiber effort to Orlando, Jacksonville, Palm Coast, Daytona Beach, Melbourne and Ocala.

“Florida is a booming market, with growing demand for a more robust fiber infrastructure to support mobile expansion,” said Mudry. “This latest carrier agreement will allow us to expand our dark fiber network to offer customers state-of-the-art connectivity with the capacity to grow with their needs. The high-speed fiber infrastructure will serve as a foundation for bandwidth-intensive services throughout the region, including increased macro and small cell initiatives by the mobile community, and broadband capacity and connectivity to serve national, regional, local carriers, enterprises and communities.”

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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