Zayo expands its fibre connectivity across Northern England

Created December 11, 2018
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Zayo Group is building a new long haul fibre ring in the UK across Northern England, which will enable multinational customers to traverse the country via the most direct, low-latency paths.

The project, the largest build Zayo has undertaken in Europe to date, extends the momentum of Zayo’s European business. Zayo’s current network covers eight European countries and major cities, and the firm recently announced additional metro expansions in London, Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam.

The new 500km ring in Northern England will also provide access to the UK’s latest subsea cable crossings in both the Irish and North Seas. As part of the project, Zayo will increase the overall fibre count in its existing UK network, and also add two new unique routes spanning from coast-to-coast in the North.

The project is expected to be completed in less than 12 months, and incorporates advanced, high-count, ultra-low loss fibre types built over the shortest physical paths. This will provide Zayo customers with maximum scalability and throughput, said the firm.

Zayo says it expects a “strong return on capital” based on “demand from multiple tenants” on the new fibre routes.

Annette Murphy, managing director of Zayo Europe, said: “Our continued expansion underscores our commitment to Europe and provides opportunity for customers who can benefit from our fibre network, data centre footprint and extensive connectivity across our global network.”

The company has completed a number of fibre network extension routes in North America in recent months, including two new unique, low-latency long haul dark fibre networks from Columbus, Ohio to Ashburn, Virginia; and from Dallas, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia.

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