Zayo builds further long-haul fibre links to serve top data centre markets

Created November 14, 2018
The 870-mile Dallas (pictured) to Atlanta route will connect these two key metro markets with the most direct, lowest latency route to dateNews and Business

Zayo Group Holdings has announced plans for two new unique, low-latency long haul dark fibre networks from Columbus, Ohio to Ashburn, Virginia, and from Dallas, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by signed customer user commitments, said Zayo, the connections are expected to be attractive to additional strategic customers looking for wavelength and fibre connectivity between the cities.

The Columbus to Ashburn network expansion will add around 400 route miles of high-capacity fibre and is expected to provide the lowest latency between the two cities, Zayo said. The route will also provide Zayo customers with the lowest latency route between Chicago and Ashburn, as it will bypass major network congestion and overlap points.

With its central US location and closeness to major population centres, Columbus has become an increasingly important data centre hub. Ashburn and Northern Virginia, known as “Data Center Alley”, has the largest concentration of data centres in the world. The new route will traverse West Virginia, providing a new fibre backbone across the state.

The 870-mile Dallas (pictured) to Atlanta route will connect these two key metro markets with the most direct, lowest latency route to date, said Zayo. Dallas and Atlanta are top ten population centres and top ten data centre markets, with numerous Fortune 500 headquarters located there. Both cities are also strategic markets for Zayo, with dense and growing metro fibre footprints driven in part by extensive fibre-to-the-tower (FTTT) builds.

“To meet continued demand for dark fibre, we are building unique new routes between strategic markets,” said Jack Waters, CTO and president of fibre solutions at Zayo. “These expansions will provide superior options for direct, high-capacity, latency-sensitive paths connecting data and population centres to cloud platforms and end users.”

Construction on the new routes is expected to begin early next year. As well as an extensive and growing fibre network, Zayo also owns a large data centre portfolio, used to provide data centre services, including interconnetivity to customers.

Zayo recently completed its 2,000 mile long haul dark fibre route between Los Angeles and Dallas, after beginning the project in 2015.

Earlier this month, the company said it will split into two publicly traded companies, one that will specialise in providing solutions for a broad set of enterprise customers, and another that will focus on building core communications infrastructure.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation