AT&T said today that it has made a deal with Frontier that calls for Frontier to bring fiber to large enterprise customers outside AT&T’s current footprint and to support AT&T’s 5G mobility network.
“AT&T will be able to use Frontier’s fiber network to help reach enterprise customers in Frontier’s service territories reaching 25 states,” a press release states.
AT&T also said it will “tap Frontier’s Ethernet network to boost connectivity between cell towers and the core network.”
Since emerging from bankruptcy earlier this year, Frontier has said it wants to be the largest pure-play fiber provider in the U.S. and the deal with AT&T would seem to be a good way to help Frontier achieve that goal.
“With Frontier building out its own fiber network where we are not building, we’ll be able to work together to provide large business customers with the high-speed, low-latency data connectivity they need to grow and thrive,” said Scott Mair, president of network engineering and operations for AT&T. “As demand for broadband connectivity grows, we will be able to plug and play into Frontier’s network to support businesses and help grow our 5G mobility network for customers.”
Frontier apparently sees the plan to deploy fiber for AT&T as an incremental opportunity stemming from Frontier’s aggressive fiber deployment plans.
“We’re bringing together two complementary networks to benefit business customers that require fiber optic connectivity,” said Mike Shippey, Frontier’s executive vice president of business and wholesale, in today’s press release. “As part of this deal, we’ll use our expanding fiber network to provide AT&T high-speed connections for large enterprise customers and the expansion of its 5G mobile network across our markets.”
Telecompetitor reached out to AT&T and Frontier for some additional information about the deal. We will publish an update whenever we hear back from them.