Regional fiber network operator Everstream is building out fiber in seven Midwest markets that will help to connect more than 2,000 macro cell towers. The fiber provider has been quite aggressive in its expansion efforts.
The buildout helps fuels Everstream’s growth, which has occurred through asset purchases, purchases of other companies and earlier announced buildouts.
The most recent Everstream expansion will include the buildout of more than 1,000 route miles of fiber in Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; and Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio. The company expects to add up to 3,000 new route miles of fiber in its Midwest footprint in 2021.
According to Everstream, more fiber is needed to service 5G needs. The technology is entering its next phase, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report, which expects new devices and end-user applications to emerge to take advantage of the higher speeds and lower latency. According to Ericsson, more than 220 million 5G subscriptions were expected worldwide by the end of last year. By 2026, 5G will account for an estimated 54 percent of total mobile data.
Additional Everstream expansion plans this year, include:
- Building dense fiber networks in the metro and rural surrounding areas of Fort Wayne (96 route miles) and South Bend (97), Indiana; Lexington (96) and Louisville (243), Kentucky; Cincinnati (218), Dayton (225), and Toledo, (72) Ohio.
- Providing a direct connection to Everstream’s other markets throughout the Midwest.
“Everstream continues to cement its position as the premier fiber provider in the Midwest,” said Brett Lindsey, Everstream president and CEO, in a prepared statement about the Everstream expansion. “Demand for 5G services is just beginning and will require high-capacity fiber networks to support this growth. By architecting and building new fiber networks in these markets, we will help support the 5G initiatives of wireless carriers and serve enterprises for years to come.”