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Dark Fiber is Shining Bright - What is Driving its Resurgence?

Dark Fiber is Shining Bright - What is Driving its Resurgence?

Several vertical customer segments—including mobile network operators (MNO) for small cell backhaul, education and government vertical clients to fulfill bandwidth demand, financial services clients for low latency trading networks—are driving demand. In this analysis, we take a close look at the key trends driving demand for dark fiber; analyze the changing pricing and contracting trends; and review the competitive landscape.


  • Introduction1
  • Vertical Specific Trends Driving Dark Fiber Adoption
    • Mobile Network Operators' (MNO) Demand for Backhaul Applications
      • Small Cell Backhaul
      • Distributed Antenna Systems
      • Cloud or Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN)
    • Education Vertical Demand Fueled by E-rate Funding
    • Insatiable Enterprise Market Demand for Bandwidth
    • Demand from Wireline Carriers, Content Providers and Web 2.0 Companies
  • Contracting Trends and Pricing Structure
  • Competitive Landscape & Company Profiles
    • Traditional Dark Fiber Vendors
      • Axiom Fiber Networks
      • Allied Fiber
      • Cleareon
      • FiberLight
      • Lightower
    • RLECs and CLECs
      • Zayo
      • FairPoint
    • National NSPs and Cable MSOs
  • Dark Fiber Plus: Bridging Dark Fiber and "Lit" Services
    • Electric Lightwave, an Integra Business Unit
    • EarthLink
  • The Last Word

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