With the Abovenet deal now complete, Zayo Group (news, filings) is turning some attention to organic expansion with news of an expansion of its metro dark fiber footprint into Albuquerque, New Mexico. With a 4G wireless customer anchoring the project, Zayo hopes to offer big bandwidth to the R&D, government, and manufacturing industries in the region.
Zayo already has some fiber listed on their map in Albuquerque, but it's just a few miles of downtown fiber that probably came with 360Networks, and they have until now served the city from a single PoP. The new build will add up to 158 route miles of new network, covering the Albuquerque metro area from South Valley to Bernalillo in the North, east to Highway 556 at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, and west to Highway 448.
For a metro area having a growing population that is approaching a million, Albuquerque seems to have comparatively few fiber alternatives - or at least ones I have been able to find for my metro fiber maps page for the region. Phoenix gets all the attention in the desert Southwest of course. tw telecom has an Albuquerque fiber presence that derives from the Xspedius purchase, but I presume the rest is largely CenturyLink/Qwest.