Crown Castle reportedly makes $7bn bid for Lightower

17 July 2017 | Natalie Bannerman

Crown Castle has made a bid to acquire Lightower Fiber Networks in what would be its largest ever deal, according to Reuters.

Lightower network map

In a transaction for more $7 billion including debt, the deal would be Crown Castle’s biggest acquisition to date, allowing it to diversify away from its traditional tower business.

Reuters sources added that Berkshire Partners LLC, who are the majority owner of Lightower, are spending the next few days analysing Crown Castle's bid with a deal set to made as early as this month. 

Lightower’s network, which covers 3,000 fibre route miles, serving enterprises across various verticals, would give Crown Castle ownership of a broadband infrastructure provider with significant fibre assets, once the buyout is completed. This will add to Crown’s existing portfolio of 40,000 towers and 29,000 miles of fibre supporting small cell towers. 

Last month, Lightower launched an initiative to strengthen its all-fibre connectivity to cable landing stations across the US East Coast.

The news follows on from Crown’s $1.5 billion acquisition of FiberNet in November of last year and the $600 million purchase of Wilcon in June of this year. 

No official comment from either parties has been made.

Topics: Crown Castle, Lightower, FiberNet, Wilcon, Berkshire Partners, fibre, acquisition, US, broadband