Network Expansion: Zayo Announces Two New Long Haul Fibre Routes

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New routes to connect Columbus to Ashburn and Dallas to Atlanta

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. has announced plans for two new unique, low-latency long haul dark fibre networks from Columbus, Ohio to Ashburn, Virginia and Dallas, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia.

Supported by a signed commitment, the expansions are expected to be attractive to additional strategic customers looking for wavelength and fibre connectivity between these cities.

The Columbus to Ashburn network expansion will add approximately 400 route miles of high-capacity fibre and is expected to provide the lowest latency between the two cities. 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 location and proximity to major population centres, Columbus has become an increasingly important data centre hub. Ashburn and Northern Virginia known as “Data Centre Alley,” has the largest concentrations of data centres in the world. The route will traverse West Virginia, providing a new fibre backbone across the state.

The 870-mile Dallas to Atlanta route will connect these two key metro markets with the most direct, lowest latency route to date. Dallas and Atlanta are top 10 populations centres and top 10 data centre markets, with Fortune 500 headquarters. Both cities are strategic markets for Zayo, with dense and growing metro fibre footprints driven in part by extensive fibre-to-the-tower (FTT) 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.