Frontier to provide fiber infrastructure to support AT&T’s mobile services

Feb. 20, 2023
This collaboration will enable AT&T to extend its 5G and related wireless services reach into areas where it doesn’t currently own fiber.

Frontier (NASDAQ: FYBR) and AT&T (NYSE:T) say they have reached an agreement that will enable AT&T to access Frontier’s fiber network to support mobile backhaul requirements. AT&T will deploy wireless network assets in certain of Frontier’s central offices and use Frontier’s fiber-to-the-tower (FTTT) infrastructure to connect to AT&T’s wireless cell towers.

As was the case with a similar 2021 agreement that enabled AT&T to leverage Frontier’s fiber assets to reach business customers where the former didn’t have its own fiber, this collaboration will enable AT&T to extend its 5G and related wireless services reach into areas where it doesn’t have a fiber footprint.

“Fiber is central to our wireless strategy and to our overall connectivity approach,” said Cheryl Choy, senior vice president, network planning and engineering, at AT&T. “This expanded collaboration with Frontier is a win for both companies, as they can fully utilize their fiber infrastructure and we can continue to ensure our wireless services are powered by the unparalleled capacity of fiber-optic networks.”

“We're excited to collaborate with AT&T in strengthening their wireless service with our fiber infrastructure," added Vishal Dixit, Frontier's chief strategy officer and executive vice president, wholesale. "As one of the largest fiber builders in the country, our fiber infrastructure offers an attractive opportunity for tech companies to use this future-proof foundation for their wireless services. This is another example of how innovation is helping to transform Frontier.”

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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