Data center and connectivity solutions provider Zayo has planned a new long-haul fiber network between Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado. Construction on the success-based route started last quarter and is anticipated to be completed in 2021.
The new network build will span more than 500 route miles along Interstate 70, a key transportation and commerce corridor. The route, which will be primarily underground, offers unique connectivity and diversity between Salt Lake City and Denver. Zayo’s existing route connects the two cities through Wyoming and into Utah.
The new fiber route will tie together two “high-growth” western markets and states. Colorado is among the nation’s fastest growing states with a diverse base of business and industry. Its economic growth has been driven by technology, aerospace, healthcare and biotechnology and professional services. Zayo’s Denver fiber footprint consists of 1,600 route miles and the market is the primary intersection of owned long-haul dark fiber connecting Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco.
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1,200 Route Miles
Utah, especially the Wasatch Front, has a strong technology presence, which includes cloud computing, big data, software development and booming aerospace and life sciences sectors. Zayo’s Salt Lake City fiber footptint spans 1,200 route miles.
“This flagship route will provide diversity that no other provider can offer,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Mountain Region at Zayo. “With many Silicon Valley companies relocating their offices to Salt Lake City and Denver, Zayo is well positioned to provide them with high-capacity fiber infrastructure to fuel their growth and innovation.”
Zayo’s 130,000-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. The company owns and operates a Tier 1 IP backbone and 51 carrier-neutral data centers.