"Private lines are leased point-to-point circuits, which are used for a variety of applications including connecting enterprise locations and backhauling cell towers to mobile switching centers," according to Insight Research.
"The $39 billion US private line services market is expected to show modest 2.3 percent annual growth over the next five years, as demand for higher bandwidth private lines offsets the shift of lower bandwidth private lines to packet-based services, says a market analysis study from Insight Research."
I have no idea how that will happen, unless they also include Ethernet, which the ILEC's do NOT.
AT&T and Windstream won a special access docket at the FCC, but without a vote. The FCC chair says that Special Access Reform is due to be reviewed. AT&T is not done. They have Petitions to Discontinue Private Line Dedicated Entrance Facilities in 27 Markets in at the FCC. According to Comptel, "These are facilities offered at bandwidths of OC-3, -12, -48, and -192, which AT&T contends are being replaced in the market by Ethernet services. According to the Public Notice, AT&T says that alternative services are available from AT&T and other carriers. Existing customers will continue to be served through April 2017." Everything is moving Ethernet.
In the broadband world, CenturyLink is looking to bury the Wireless ISP with federal funds because fixed wireless broadband is expensive, metered and unreliable. Hmmm. I just don't think taxpayers' money should be used to compete against small businesses that serve areas that ILEC's chose NOT to spend money - their own money any how.
You want to raise Special Access - okay. CLEC's have to pay what the landlords will charge. When ILEC's don't want to spend their own money to expand broadband, they shouldn't get federal freebies to do so.
Enough on the rant. How wil Private Line grow if the most of the business is going to MPLS and multi-point services?