Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) said it now has 1,200 small cell nodes, including those under construction, connected to its network.
The milestone comes less than two years after Zayo entered the small cell market as a strategic extension of its fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) business.
As wireless carriers seek to boost their network capacity to keep up with exploding customer demand for bandwidth, especially in dense metro areas, they are increasingly relying on small cell technology. Fiber is the preferred transport solution for small cells, as it is for traditional macro cells, and Zayo´s dense metro fiber networks provide an ideal platform for serving small cells. For Zayo, the trend has resulted in 260 percent growth in small cells over the past year, and an average cash flow yield of 15 percent across all small cell sales.
Zayo´s small cell solutions include fiber backhaul and fronthaul, as well as full turnkey implementation, including RF design, site acquisition, permitting and installation of equipment. The company´s FTT network, which addresses wireless carriers´ requirements for scalable, high-capacity infrastructure, now includes approximately 8,000 towers nationwide.
Zayo Group Holdings provides bandwidth infrastructure services, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud services to the world´s leading businesses.