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Zayo Group Holdings has entered the final phase of the construction of all-underground dark fiber routes that run from Atlanta to Dallas, Denver to Salt Lake City and Eugene to Reedsport, OR.

The Atlanta to Dallas route is 822 miles. Dallas, the press release says, is the third-largest data center market in North America. In Atlanta, the route will terminate in an area called “Data Hill.”

The 532-mile Denver to Salt Lake City route follows I-70 and Route 191 and is the most direct option available. It is the final section of the shortest and lowest latency route between New York City and San Francisco, Zayo said.

The 88-mile Oregon route will extend from Zayo’s existing Eugene metro network through Florence to Reedsport.

“These new routes underscore Zayo’s commitment to expanding our network infrastructure to meet our customers’ evolving demands,” Zayo CTO Brian Lillie said in a press release. “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 plans to bring three new routes online by the end of the year: Columbus, OH to Ashburn, VA; Cleveland to Columbus and St. Louis to Indianapolis. Two other routes – Columbus to Pittsburgh and Umatilla, OR to Reno, NV – are scheduled to be deployed during the first half of 2022.

Zayo said in late August that it is deploying 31 long-haul routes across North America and western Europe. The routes support speeds as fast as 400 Gbps, with 800 Gbps capacity available in some areas. The deployments are slated to be done through the first quarter of 2022.

The company also is growing by acquisition. In June, it acquired the Indiana Fiber Network (IFN), which added more than 5,000 route miles of on-net connections and dense fiber to almost 1,000 enterprise buildings in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Columbus, Terre Haute, South Bend and other Indiana cities.

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