Although some parts of the country have more communications network capacity than can be used, cities are yearning for more bandwidth. The arrival of bandwidth in urban areas has been slow, meaning that business customers cannot receive all the services such as videoconferencing and other high-bandwidth applications that they desire, which presents both an obstacle and an opportunity to service providers. “The metro area is basically strangled because of lack of infrastructure,” said Marian Stasney, an analyst at market research firm The Yankee Group. “There are a lot of customers that are being left in the dust because there’s no access to higher broadband.” Carriers such as AT&T, Qwest Communications International, Global Crossing and Williams Communications have spent billions of dollars building long-haul networks, or networks that transmit data over long distances between cities. But they are only partially using these long-haul networks because there isn’t enough traffic to send through the cables they installed. Partly as a result of this so-called ” fiber glut,” companies have reduced their spending on equipment, cut prices and seen profits plunge. But life is different in the cities. “There is nothing even approaching a glut of…fiber in city streets,” said Jerry Parrick, chief… Read full this story
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