Zayo Group Holdings, Inc., today announced several expansions to its fiber network. Plans include new long-haul dark fiber routes, increased fiber capacity for existing routes, additional 400 Gbps-enabled routes and new IP points of presence (PoPs). 

Earlier this year, Zayo announced that it was planning to grow and modernize its network, including the addition of nearly 3,000 route miles and more than 700,000 fiber miles to its global network. Since the announcement in the spring, the company has begun building these new long-haul dark fiber routes to provide customers with diverse routing options.

The new routes are built entirely underground to help ensure security and redundancy, the company said.

The new long-haul dark fiber routes include:

  • St. Louis to Indianapolis: This expands connectivity in these growing markets, bypassing the heavily trafficked Chicago metro area with four key In-Line Amplification (ILA) sites.
  • Chicago to Omaha Overbuild: This provides the most direct route between Denver and Chicago, Zayo said, including a new high fiber count cable that connects 11 ILA sites in strategic markets, facilitating customer connections.

The company in June was awarded over $92.8M from the NTIA Middle Mile Program to expand network infrastructure to unserved and underserved communities across eight states. According to Zayo, it is the only national provider to receive NTIA middle mile funding.

The company has also continued to expand its global footprint, including new connections for its high-capacity network across Europe, Mexico, and South America.

Source: Zayo New Dark Fiber Routes

“The network our future requires does not exist today,” Bill Long, Zayo chief product officer, said in a prepared statement. “A digital-first world requires continued and intentional investment in infrastructure, of which Zayo is leading the charge.

“Our continued expansion and modernization of our long-haul dark fiber, wavelength, and Tier-1 IP infrastructure is critical in ensuring our customers have the speed, resilience and flexibility they need in their network to stay ahead of this increasing digital demand,”

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