WOW! to Provide Fiber Backhaul for Hundreds of Towers in Chicago
Published on: 31st Jul 2014
WOW! Business, a communications and cloud service provider, says that it has been selected by multiple unnamed mobile network operators to provide fiber backhaul for more than 500 cell towers in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Under terms of the agreements, the company will build 50-plus contiguous fiber rings connecting the cell tower base stations to mobile switching centers (MSC). The first sites are expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of this year, with project completion slated for 2017.
WOW!, serving Chicago since 1999, is a facilities-based regional cable operator that offers a host of fiber backhaul and other wholesale services.
"Fiber provides wireless carriers with a simple, high-capacity backhaul infrastructure and an extremely reliable and cost-effective way to move traffic from their cell sites to the broader voice, data and video networks," explained Jim Greene, senior director of WOW! Wholesale.
WOW! owns and operates over 42,000 miles of local fiber-optic and coaxial networks in 19 U.S. markets, along with data centers that provide customers with scalable, low-latency access to national carrier backbones.