Most of our 100 Mb tower customers are asking about dark fiber and other 

From: Mark Radabaugh 
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2018 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Typical Cell Tower bandwidth requirement

Most of the contracts I have seen were for 100Mbps at the time and 1Gb in a few 
years.   It’s been a few years since I have seen a contract though.   

So the guy was probably right that he installed 100Mb service, but it’s likely 
been upgraded since.


  On Mar 2, 2018, at 11:48 AM, Mike Hammett <> wrote:

  The information he has is probably four years old.

  They're moving to dark fiber or tubes of dark fiber. A Sprint tower can move 
1.3 gigs, with some doing more.

  Mike Hammett
  Intelligent Computing Solutions

  Midwest Internet Exchange

  The Brothers WISP


  From: "Kurt Fankhauser" <>
  Sent: Friday, March 2, 2018 9:03:07 AM
  Subject: [AFMUG] Typical Cell Tower bandwidth requirement

  I was talking to a Spectrum employee yesterday as he was installing a 1gig 
fiber circuit for me and he started talking about how un-common it was to be 
seeing a 1 gig DIA circuit installed so i said well what about the cell phone 
towers, don't those all have a couple gigs to them and he said. "Oh no those 
usually only have 100meg fiber feeds to them." I was like whoa, thats all? And 
he said "yeah all the Sprint, T-mobile, and At&T towers that he's been to are 
all like 100meg and he's like usually the Verizon ones are about 300meg 

  Does that really sound possible that a cell tower is only using that much 
bandwidth? We are pretty rural here county population is only 45,000 and the 
city populations are only about 12,000. Can this really be true? And if so why 
can't a WISP sell a backup circuit to a cell tower with some Air Fiber 

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