VSG LEADERBOARD : AT&T #1 in Fiber Lit Buildings

AT&T was the top U.S. network service provider in fiber lit buildings, according to the Vertical Systems Group’s 2018 U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings Leaderboard. AT&T ranked #1 in Vertical Systems fiber lit buildings findings for the third consecutive year.

Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox, Crown Castle Fiber, Frontier, Zayo, Altice USA, and Windstream were the other fiber lit leaders. Each of those companies had 10,000 or more on-net U.S. fiber lit commercial buildings as of year-end 2018, according to VSG.

Vertical Systems Group defines a fiber lit building as a commercial site or data center that has on-net optical fiber connectivity to a network provider’s infrastructure, plus active service termination equipment onsite. Excluded for purpose of the Leaderboard rankings analysis are standalone cell towers, small cells not located in fiber lit buildings, near net buildings, buildings classified as coiled at curb or coiled in building, HFC-connected buildings, carrier central offices, residential buildings, and private or dark fiber installations.

“Following a flurry of mergers and acquisitions, fiber providers focused on new buildouts in 2018 to meet customer demand for higher speed dedicated access to business services and to support 5G pilots,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group, in a prepared statement. “Our research shows that while the majority of large and medium size commercial buildings in the U.S. are fiber lit with one or more providers, relatively few small multi-tenant buildings are fiber connected. Cable MSOs and regional network operators have been most actively targeting fiber investment opportunities in this underserved segment.”

Thirteen companies qualified for VSG’s 2018 “Challenge Tier” (listed here in alphabetical order): Atlantic Broadband, Cincinnati Bell, Cleareon, Cogent, Consolidated Communications, FiberLight, FirstLight, GTT, IFN, Logix Fiber Networks, Segra, Unite Private Networks, and Uniti Fiber. These fiber providers each qualify for the 2018 Challenge Tier with between 2,000 and 9,999 U.S. fiber lit commercial buildings.

Fiber Provider Research Summary:

-AT&T ranks #1 on the Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD for the third consecutive year.
-Frontier moves into the #8 position, up from ninth in the prior year.
-As a result, Zayo falls to #9, down from eighth position.
-Windstream enters the LEADERBOARD at #11, moving up from the Challenge Tier.
-Atlantic Broadband and GTT advance to the Challenge Tier, both moving up from the Market Player tier.
-Cincinnati Bell’s acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom, which was completed in 2018, is reflected in this analysis.
-Segra is the new brand name for the merged entity of Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications.
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VSG “Market Players” include all other fiber providers with fewer than 2,000 U.S. commercial fiber lit buildings. The 2018 Market Players tier includes more than two hundred metro, regional and other fiber providers.

https://www.verticalsystems.com/2019/03/26/2018-fiber-lit-leaderboard/

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  1. Google Fiber is included in VSG “Market Players”tier- all other fiber providers with fewer than 2,000 U.S. commercial fiber lit buildings.

    Google Fiber says it’s here to stay, even as competitors point out its exits elsewhere

    When Google Fiber announced earlier this year that it would be exiting the Louisville, Ky., market, people were quick to wonder whether this might mean other markets, such as the Triangle, could be next. Google’s parent company has not expanded across the country as fast as some thought it would, only operating in around a dozen communities.

    And now Google Fiber’s competitors in the Triangle — one of the best-connected areas in the country — are trying to take advantage of any doubt that might exist around the stability of the service. Spectrum, one of several companies offering high-speed internet connections in the Triangle, sent a letter to some Google Fiber customers recently warning them: “Google is canceling Internet service in Louisville. Don’t wait to be the next city.”

    The warning is followed by a deal Spectrum would offer Google Fiber customers to switch over. Joe Mancini, head of sales for Google Fiber’s Triangle operations, called the letter a “scare tactic,” adding that despite what happens in Louisville, Google Fiber is here to stay in the Triangle.

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