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AT&T, CenturyLink and Competitors are Divided on Dark Fiber Potential

nterest in dark fiber has reemerged in telecom due to the escalating demands for business services and by wireless operators that need bigger backhaul pipes to keep up with the insatiable demand for wireless data.

Just how big is the dark fiber opportunity? According toATLANTIC-ACM US Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Report Card, 27 percent of the participating wholesale buyers reported purchasing dark fiber, and 57 percent of those already buying anticipate increased spends on dark fiber in the coming year.

However, the thirst for dark fiber isn’t like the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. During that time, many competitive carriers like Level 3, WorldCom (now Verizon Business) and a host of startups built out dozens of dark fiber networks that were left largely unutilized.

via fiercetelecom.

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