Zayo Deploys New Long Haul Dark Fiber Routes in Key US Markets

Fiber-based communications solutions provider Zayo has completed the final phase of construction on three new 100% underground, high-capacity, long haul, dark fiber routes. The new dark fiber routes are connecting key markets across the United States.

Zayo’s three new dark fiber routes cover Atlanta, Georgia to Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah; and Eugene to Reedsport, Oregon.

The new 822-mile Atlanta to Dallas route deployed by Zayo would connect two of the most important data and colocation markets in the United States. Dallas is reported to be the third largest data center market in North America. In Atlanta, Zayo will connect in the Douglas County area, also known as ‘Data Hill,’ which has received over $3 billion in investment since 2015.

The route connecting these two markets is completely diverse to existing routes. Zayo also claims it to be the shortest, most direct route available. Additionally, Zayo stated that the route provides clients with the lowest latency possible and a unique routing option to bolster their network infrastructure.

‘The Rise of the Network(ed) Edge’

The new 532-mile route deployed by Zayo to connect Denver to Salt Lake City follows I-70 through Colorado and branches off at U.S. Route 191 towards Salt Lake City. Zayo claims it to be the most direct option between the cities today. This unique route would also complete the final section of the shortest path and lowest latency route between New York City and San Francisco.

Photo Brian Lillie, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Zayo
“These new routes underscore Zayo’s commitment to expanding our network infrastructure to meet our clients’ evolving demands,” said Brian Lillie, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Zayo.

The new 88-mile route deployed by Zayo in Oregon extends from Zayo’s existing Eugene metro network through Florence and Reedsport. It would provide users an opportunity to backhaul data coming into the state through cable landing stations back into Zayo’s broader North American network.

“These new routes underscore Zayo’s commitment to expanding our network infrastructure to meet our clients’ evolving demands,” said Brian Lillie, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Zayo. “Additionally, with the increase in cloud adoption and the rise of the Network(ed) Edge, we are creating new endpoints of significance for enterprises, carriers, and smart cities everywhere. As a result of these trends, Zayo will continue to invest and innovate in high-capacity, low-latency connectivity between these endpoints, ensuring our customers have the optimal bandwidth that takes them anywhere they need to be.”

Zayo has additional high-capacity long haul routes that are slated for deployment during the next nine months. Three more routes, including Columbus, Ohio to Ashburn, Virginia; Cleveland to Columbus, Ohio; and St. Louis, Missouri to Indianapolis, Indiana will be brought online by the end of 2021. Two other new routes, including Columbus, Ohio to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Umatilla, Oregon to Reno Nevada, are slated for deployment in the first half of 2022.

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