I’ve wondered for a while whether Zayo Group (news, filings) might move more into Layer 3 services, in addition to its core bandwidth infrastructure products. Well, yesterday they did make a move in that direction, but by partnering with the alternative internet backbone Hurricane Electric. Seems like a natural partnership, as Zayo and Hurricane Electric do not really compete with each other much if at all.
Customers will initially be able to purchase IPv6 internet access over Zayo’s 100Mbps, 1G, and 10G metro Ethernet services throughout Phoenix. The two plan to extend their partnership to Zayo’s other major metro markets, including Seattle, Ashburn, Dallas, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, New York, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Hurricane Electric has long been active on the IPv6 front and has been rising in the Renesys rankings of late overall. I haven’t followed their progress as much as I probably should have, I’ll have to keep an eye out.
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