Zayo adds dark fiber route connecting Omaha and Dallas

Zayo has completed the buildout of a new 1,000 mile intercity dark fiber route between Omaha, Neb., and Dallas, enabling it to respond to a mix of Tier 1 and Tier 2 market opportunities.

This new route will connect Omaha, Kansas City, Bentonville, Ark., Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas and traverse through many rural areas of Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

By completing this expansion, Zayo will add an additional major intercity route following other recently completed or acquired routes between San Francisco and Sacramento, San Diego and Yuma, Ariz., and Denver and Chicago. Upon completion in 2017, the new route will also include 17 neutral colocation sites that will provide space and power for carrier and enterprise customers.

There are a number of benefits for existing and new customers that decide to tap into this new route.

By providing a new path connecting Kansas City, Denver and Dallas, Zayo will reduce network latency for customers that have critical applications and data centers in these markets. The new route will also be built underground with multiple conduits, while providing a diverse path from other existing area routes. Zayo is also thinking of using existing assets to extend the route from Dallas to Houston.

Along this new network, the service provider said it will be able to better respond to a mix of customer segments, including wireless, media and content, oil and gas, utilities, technology and retail, all of which have seen bandwidth demands increase.

Aaron Blazar, vice president of ATLANTIC-ACM, told FierceTelecom that while Zayo is showing that long-haul dark fiber networks can be done, they are more challenging because you need to prove out a business case and have customers on board.

"Zayo announced another long-haul build, but it's very hard to make the economics work," Blazar said. "You have to have good anchor tenants to do long-haul builds so with regional routes there are some opportunities, but it's a different set of economics and a different business than the metro business."  

When the route is built, Zayo said it will have long haul dark fiber available to over 16,000 route miles in the United States and Europe.

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