Zayo increases network reach in London, adds 53 fiber miles

Zayo is doubling its network presence in London, announcing that has begun building a 53-mile fiber network east of London.

The new network, which stretches as far as Basildon in Essex, will provide connectivity to key data center and financial companies.

The 53-mile network follows an earlier investment the company made in November to expand its network in the London and Slough areas that will provide dark fiber backhaul to connect 21 BT phone and Ethernet exchange points.

London has been a major investment target for Zayo. The service provider has connected its fiber network to more than 500 buildings in the region.

Set to be completed in the second quarter of 2014, this new fiber build fills a gap it had in the Basildon and Romford areas. It will now have direct routes between all of its 500 on-net buildings and various points to the east: Stratford, a former Olympics site; Basildon and Romford, where key trading venues are located; and Thurrock, which includes a mix of data centers and distribution hubs.

Zayo has continued to gain traction throughout London with wholesale and business customers. In December it won a contract to provide dark fiber to SSE Telecoms, which is building a new point of presence (PoP) to serve its business customers.  

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