Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says it will deploy 8,000 to 10,000 small cells in Boston, as part of its One Fiber optical infrastructure in Boston, investing $300 million over six years. That massive deployment of new cell sites explains why the One Fiber deployment of transport fiber is so important.
Those 8,000 to 10,000 cell sites all will need gigabit per second backhaul.
Separately, he says Verizon will purchase up to 12.4 million miles of optical fiber from Corning each year beginning in 2018 through 2020. The minimum purchase commitment is $1.05 billion, Verizon said.
To put those Boston small cells into perspective, there were about 300,000 cell sites total, in the U.S. market, in 2016, and about 150,000 towers.