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Who’s Carrying the Carriers? Network Superhighways and Surging Demands

Everyone knows the world relies on wireless communications — but who do the wireless carriers rely on? As billions of mobile phone subscribers look to take more complete advantage of robust communications capabilities, the demands on foundational wireless networks are growing more aggressive. Fast is no longer fast enough, and footprints and service territories are constantly growing to keep up with requirements for geographic reach. On top of all that, redundancy and resilience are steadily creeping up the list of top concerns since, in today’s hyper-digital world, even a minute of downtime can create a bottleneck for person-to-person communications or business interactions.

All of this is creating a uniquely pressurized environment for wireless carriers who are attempting to deliver even more exciting and satisfying customer experiences — but with this challenge is an opportunity.

As the landscape of network topologies and expansions change the game for wireless communications, carriers have new opportunities to leverage new, expanded and state-of-the-art networking.

The Route is at the Root 

Underlying networks are like the circulatory system of today’s communications, shuttling mission-critical data, messages and calls to all the major systems, extremities and locations, whether they be individuals, businesses or communities. From the small capillaries that are continuing to extend further to connect previously underserved networks to the major arteries that connect high-traffic alleys across America, it’s the networks that keep the lifeblood of wireless communications flowing.

Unlike the human body’s circulatory system, however, this network of networks is constantly changing, expanding and growing to accommodate evolving requirements. This is excellent news, because this constant growth and network investment ensures that communications are always reducing vulnerabilities and frailties at the infrastructure level. Think about it: If you sever something in the wrong place, that can mean an unrecoverable injury — that’s what today’s network and wireless providers are trying to avoid. But before this analogy gets too dark, let’s dive into the uptime question from a purely networking perspective.

This topic of redundancy, or having multiple choices in network paths, is becoming increasingly top-of-mind due to the growing danger of downtime. Especially for wireless carriers, there’s no room for error. If you pick up your cell phone only to find you can’t send or receive messages or calls, you notice pretty immediately. It’s this high-traffic, constant-usage connection between individuals (and businesses) and their ability to leverage mobile communications that makes the extensive and resilient foundations so important.

So, not only are carriers looking to build out more backhaul to connect a growing number of towers to the internet (think of this as the capillary level network expansions), they’re also looking to beef up their major avenues of connectivity (the arteries of their systems). These connections and routes need to accomplish a lot — high capacities, low latencies, future-proof strategies, interference reduction, scalability and more. These are all elements that impact the end-user’s experience (whether it’s remote telehealth, distance education, 5G services or other innovations), so they have to be kept to a minimum. Carriers also have an increased interest in identifying new routes that are redundant from their existing major pathways. All of this to say: The relationship between the wireless carriers and network architects is becoming even more important.

Building Network Longevity

So, who do the wireless carriers depend on? As it turns out, they depend on trusted network specialists like Horizon to help develop new connections and create more robust network foundations to carry their services to customers.

In fact, Horizon recently began taking orders on its newly lit, unique route from Chicago’s 350 E. Cermak data center to South Bend, Indiana, and Indianapolis. This route, which ties back into Horizon’s fiber backbone in Columbus, Ohio, delivers the latest in Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology, protected diversity from existing carrier routes, and multiple on-net and near-net meet-me points across Horizon’s 6,000+ mile fiber network. Since Cermak, Chicago, is one of the most sought-after network locations in the Midwest, this offers a crucially diverse route to make carrier connectivity more protected from downtime than ever.

Not to mention, the route’s innovative DWDM capabilities enable customers to leverage ultra-high bandwidth networking. Plus, approximately 95% of the fiber is underground, which means it’s highly resilient and secure in the face of potential disruption. This further underscores the network’s extensive reliability benefits and complements the route’s unique diversity from existing connections from Indiana to Chicago. Ultimately, this route ensures that customers can reliably depend on the mission-critical services provisioned across this route, including transit, Internet, Ethernet and wavelengths, alongside robust, high-capacity connectivity.

These large-scale connectivity achievements and commitment to using and building non-traditional routes are complemented by Horizon’s dedication to expanding its fiber network into more communities, supporting even more businesses and families to close the digital divide.

All of this goes to show why all four major national carriers rely on Horizon’s robust fiber network. Plus, major wireless carriers, wholesale and agent partners, and large multi-location enterprise and government customers have trusted Horizon for over a decade.

From flexible and customizable network solutions to high-touch customer care, Horizon makes it easy to answer the big question of who carriers can rely on.

To learn more, check out Horizon’s carrier and wholesale solutions here.


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