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Across the world, fiber is owned by different types of company that have a valuable asset they want to monetize. This creates opportunities for dark fiber specialists to emerge, challenging the positions of traditional wholesalers.


  • Alternative owners of fiber have a valuable asset they can offer to fill gaps in the market. However, few have the assets in the places where demand is greatest, such as connecting data centers and offices, to make an impact on the dark fiber market.
  • A dark fiber service is most effective for the provider when it is competing with different high-capacity services rather than against other dark fiber providers.
  • The dark fiber market is not a single entity as significant differences exist in the competitive landscapes for metro and long-distance services.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the types of player in the wholesale dark fiber market.
  • Evaluates the potential for new entrants in different parts of the wholesale dark fiber market.

Key questions answered

  • Who are the players in the wholesale dark fiber market and how do they differentiate?
  • What is the potential for new entrants in the wholesale dark fiber market?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Demand for high-capacity services rising fast

  • Dark fiber coming into the light

Competitive landscape

  • Suppliers have different agendas
  • Metro and long-haul variations

Potential for new entrants

  • Decision-making criteria


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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