The top four wireline operators--AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, and Windstream--have become the natural purveyors of fiber to the tower (FTTT) services for wireless operators that need to higher speed backhaul services to accommodate the growth of their existing 3G and 4G LTE networks.
Just how big is the FTTT opportunity? According to a study written by Strategy Analytics for Tellabs, North America's wireless operators face a $650 million backhaul funding gap.
While the actual speeds delivered vary by market, all of these wireline wholesalers and alternative players have been aggressively extending fiber into existing cell towers inside their footprint delivering a host of IP/Ethernet-based services.
Some obvious differences exist in this group.
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