Frontier and AT&T have signed an agreement to enable AT&T to use Frontier’s fiber infrastructure for building wireless infrastructure in areas where AT&T doesn’t currently own fiber.
Fiber backhaul is increasingly critical to support the data demands of wireless networks, including 5G. This agreement enables AT&T to stay ahead of those demands and build on an existing relationship between the two companies.
“As one of the largest fiber builders, our fiber infrastructure offers an attractive opportunity for tech companies to use this future-proof foundation for their wireless services,” Vishal Dixit, Frontier’s Chief Strategy Officer & EVP Wholesale, said.
AT&T is the first tenant to rent space in Frontier’s offices and will utilize Frontier’s fiber-optic network to connect with its cell towers that are in Frontier’s network.
Frontier’s footprint is complementary to AT&T’s network, which will help accelerate the company’s 5G deployment. AT&T will tap into Frontier’s fiber-to-the-tower (FTTT) infrastructure to connect to AT&T’s wireless cell towers.
This deal is an extension of AT&T and Frontier’s 2021 agreement that brought the two complementary fiber networks together to power business customers nationwide.
“This expanded collaboration with Frontier is a win for both companies, as they can utilize their fiber infrastructure, and we can continue to ensure our wireless services are powered by fiber optic networks,” said Cheryl Choy, Senior Vice President, Network Planning & Engineering, AT&T.