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Dark Fiber Network Operators: Market Research Report

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Dark Fiber Network Operators Market Research Report | NAICS OD5025 | Jan 2017

Light in the dark: Rising corporate profit will boost demand for industry services

IBISWorld’s Dark Fiber Network Operators market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Strategic acquisitions and rebounding corporate profit will facilitate industry growth
  • High barriers to entry subdue the industry’s level of internal competition
  • Operators will benefit from rising demand by helping companies scale their bandwidth needs
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Largely due to mounting demand for low-latency data transport and exclusive network segments, the Dark Fiber Network Operators industry has grown rapidly in recent years. Falling lease prices and increasing bandwidth needs have caused the industry's performance to pick up in recent years. Over the five years to 2021, continued increase in internet traffic volume due to shifts from companies toward cloud computing and internet streaming by individuals will increase the demand for bandwidth. As demand for bandwidth rises, dark fiber operators will be needed to help companies meet the rising demand.

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Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The Dark Fiber Network Operators industry has high barriers to entry. The capital investment required to install dark fiber networks over large areas can be prohibitive. In addition to the technology supply costs, including fiber, servers and monitoring devices, companies must expend a considerable amount on the actual laying of fiber. These costs typically include construction services, engineering services, licensing, permits and any other costs associated with obtaining the legal right to dig and lay fiber over a substantial area of land. Often, these combined costs are so substantial that companies must wait to lay dark fiber until they receive funding for a certain portion of a lit fiber network.

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Additional Insights for the Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of broadband connections and Corporate profit in the Dark Fiber Network Operators industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry?

    This industry primarily leases unlit (unused) direct fiber-optic networks to third-party organizations. The industry excludes companies that primarily provide lit services and proprietary and traditional cable operators.

    Industry Products
    Short-haul servicesLong-haul servicesFiber-to-tower servicesColocation and regeneration facilities
    Industry Activities
    Providing long-haul servicesProviding short-haul servicesProviding fiber-to-tower servicesProviding colocation and regeneration services

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of broadband connections
  • Corporate profit
  • Internet traffic volume
  • External competition
  • Current Performance
  • Tech boom and external competition
  • Benefits of dark fiber and barriers to entry
  • Industry trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising internet traffic volume drives demand
  • Competitive threats and pricing
  • Network neutrality and regulation
  • Table: Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Commercial Banking
  • Educational Services
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Public Administration
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction & Mining Equipment Wholesaling
  • Engineering Services
  • Wire & Cable Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Long-haul services
  • Short-haul services
  • Fiber-to-tower services
  • Colocation and regeneration facilities
  • Chart: Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Communications service providers
  • Other private enterprises
  • Public educational institutions
  • State and federal governments
  • Healthcare institutions
  • Private educational institutions
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation and wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dark Fiber Network Operators
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Zayo Group Holdings Inc.
    Level 3 Communications LLC
  • Table: Zayo Group Holdings Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Level 3 Communications LLC - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Dark Fiber Network Operators Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Number of broadband connections (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • The available communications resources that are used to transmit data via the internet.
  • Dark Fiber
  • Fiber that has not yet been connected to telecommunications transmission equipment; therefore, it has not been activated or "lit."
  • Federal Communications Commission (Fcc)
  • An independent US agency that regulates radio, TV and internet communications.
  • Network Neutrality
  • The principle that supports users' unrestricted access to the internet and to using applications, devices and providers of their choice.

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    The Dark Fiber Network Operators market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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