Zayo has completed the buildout of a dark fiber route between the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) data center facility at 1700 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, N.J., and Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at 800 Secaucus Road (NY5), enabling it to better respond to financial companies' desire for low-latency network services.
Colo Atl, a neutral colocation and interconnection provider, is quickly becoming a dark fiber hub as its customers have installed over 6,000 dark fiber strands at its 55 Marietta Street facility in downtown Atlanta.
Zayo has secured a new agreement with an unnamed wireless carrier to provide fiber-to-the-tower service to 500 towers, a deal that will not only expand its wireless backhaul business, but also could be used to target new enterprise and content service opportunities.
Zayo has upgraded its Ethernet backbone from 10G to 100G, a move that it says will support the growing bandwidth needs of its retail and wholesale service provider customers.
Verizon and Sprint's ongoing move to small cells could provide a potential wireless backhaul windfall to Lumos Networks, a telco that's been aggressively expanding its fiber network in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Dark fiber may be the latest fashion statement in the wholesale provider market, but to Southern Light, the service is something it based its initial business case on when it founded the company.
Zayo is on the network expansion path again, announcing that it plans to extend its long haul dark fiber network between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Upon completion, this latest expansion will add over 800 route miles to its long-haul network which already spans more than 19,000 route miles.
Zayo Group has promoted two of its key executives, Matthew Erickson and Chris Morley, as COOs of their respective Physical Infrastructure and Cloud and Connectivity business units.
While incumbent telcos and some competitors have shied away from providing dark fiber for wireless backhaul, a Zayo executive sees interest and adoption of dark fiber continuing to ramp.
Electric Lightwave, Integra's wholesale and large business services arm, is serving up a new 100G managed optical Spectrum service that it says will serve as an alternative to a wholly-owned dark fiber solution.