The fiber saw another bit of consolidation this morning, as Zayo Group struck again with an announcement of its acquisition of the MidWestern dark fiber operator FiberLink LLC.
FiberLink operates a unique dark fiber route between Chicago and Denver that runs through Des Moines and Omaha. The deal brings 1,200 route miles of dark fiber network to Zayo, which they will of course light some of before long — probably with the 100G they’ve been rolling out. It also fills in a longhaul route that further glues together Zayo’s once disparate assets.
Zayo’s year has been relatively quiet, but only because last year was so noisy with the AboveNet deal and a whole group of smaller but still significant purchases. By all other measures, they’ve been busy on the M&A front, buying CoreNAP in Austin and Access Communications up in Minneapolis. The latter just closed last week. Today’s purchase of FiberLink appears to be a done deal already, with Zayo drawing a bit of its $250M revolver to make it happen.
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