Zayo extends long haul dark fiber network between Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Zayo Group 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.

The service provider plans to begin work on the network expansion in the third quarter this year with the expectation of completing the route in the fourth quarter of 2017.

A key benefit of this expansion is that Zayo will be able to better support bandwidth demands from its business and wholesale customers in the southeast, extending into the northeast.

It will also provide direct access to carrier hotels and data centers across six key markets, including Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., Richmond and Ashburn, Va., and Washington, D.C. Similar to other network builds it has conducted in recent years, Zayo will offer its full product suite of dark fiber, wavelengths, Ethernet and IP services across this route.

In less than two years, Zayo has expanded its long haul dark fiber network by 5,000 route miles.

The service provider announced in April that it would build a new long haul dark fiber route from Phoenix to Dallas. Set to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016, the new route will add over 1,200 route miles to Zayo's long haul network.

Network expansions come at a time when Zayo continues to see strong uptick in dark fiber services, particularly from wireless operators. During its first quarter earnings call, Zayo reported that dark fiber revenues made up 14 percent of its wireless backhaul revenue mix.

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