October 12, 2012
By Rajani Baburajan
Tower Cloud, a provider of fiber optic and wireless backhaul networks, has completed a 1,225 route mile network across South Georgia, to deliver backhaul for 4G wireless services.
The network traverses the I-75 corridor and key markets between Macon and Valdosta with extensions to Thomasville, Waycross and other rural markets throughout South Georgia. Tower Cloud now serves 14 markets in the Southeast.
The network will initially serve as backbone for 13 fiber rings and will support more than 300 cell sites stretching from Thomasville to the West and Waycross to the East, the company said.
The network build-out finds relevance as there is explosive growth in data traffic. According to an IEEE (News – Alert) report published earlier this summer, total data traffic is doubling every 18 months, and mobile data is growing 92 percent every twelve months.
“Carriers are experiencing a doubling, and even tripling of mobile data bandwidth demands due to the explosion of 4G wireless services,” said Ron Mudry, founder and CEO of Tower Cloud, in a statement. “Tower Cloud is building networks to meet these demands and support the data tsunami being created by the rapid adoption of smartphones, tablets and other bandwidth intensive devices.”
Tower Cloud’s new South Georgia network will initially serve as the backbone for 13 fiber rings and will support more than 300 cell sites stretching from Thomasville to the West and Waycross to the East. The South Georgia regional network includes five new metro markets of Americus, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta and Waycross, GA. Tower Cloud now serves 14 markets in the Southeast.
Tower Cloud built this high fiber count cable route network in partnership with a number of local carriers including Alma Telephone Company.
“We are proud of the excellent relationship we’ve developed with Tower Cloud during the expansion of their backhaul network,” said Teddy Solomon, chairman of Alma Telephone Company. “We are confident our long term partnership will result in greatly enhanced wireless services through our region and will encourage additional economic development.”
Tower Cloud operates a fiber-focused wireless backhaul network to backhaul voice, video and data from cell sites for wireless carriers. The network leverages pure Ethernet broadband technologies.
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