Zayo’s Zeus ready for business

Created July 12, 2022
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Zayo has launched its new Zeus subsea route connecting the UK and continental Europe via access points in Lowestoft, UK and Zandvoort, Netherlands. The cable in the North Sea includes terrestrial backhaul connectivity to London and Amsterdam. At 192 fibres, Zeus contains the highest fibre count connecting the UK and mainland Europe. Zayo utilised Ultra Low Loss (ULL) optical fibres, so wavelength throughput on a single channel between London and Amsterdam can reach up to 600G, and can handle 2,650 Tbps of C Band when at capacity.

Zayo says Zeus is now the densest, deepest-buried cable in the North Sea, located between two and three metres under the seabed, in comparison with half a metre for existing, outdated cables. The cable is 100% dual-armoured and is continuously monitored via OTDR devices for rapid fault identification. In addition, Zayo will be leveraging a 24/7 guard vessel to monitor any activity along the path.

“Meeting the connectivity needs of tomorrow requires deploying the most advanced network today, and that’s exactly what we’ve built for customers who want a hyper-fast and ultra-reliable connection between the UK and mainland Europe,” said Jesper Aagaard, president of Zayo Europe. “Zeus is now the strongest connection available in the region. We utilised the best cable available, buried it deeper in the seabed than our competitors and made it even more reliable than alternatives. We are confident our customers will benefit from this project for years- and even decades- to come.”

“The North Sea is an extremely challenging body of water for a subsea project like Zeus. Not only are there harsh weather conditions and relentless currents, the seabed is littered with items, some as simple as a discarded aluminium cans and some as formidable as unexploded bombs left over from the Second World War,” said Geir Holmer, CEO of JTD Associates, a key consultant on the project. “Not only did we overcome these challenges, we worked tirelessly with Zayo to ensure this route was built to last – making it the most resilient route across the North Sea. I’m proud to have been part of this project, and what it will enable.”

Zayo’s European team, based in London, is preparing to launch a new ULL route connecting Frankfurt to Milan via Zurich, an important route for financial customers.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.