Here are quick-takes on several metro fiber items that slipped past my nets in the last week or so:
Zayo picked up a substantial infrastructure deal over in the UK. SSE Telecoms is expanding its London metro reach, and Zayo has designed and will provision the dark fiber for it. When complete in Q2 2014, the new network infrastructure will connect 21 BT phone and Ethernet exchange points in London plus another out in Slough, boosting SSE's existing presence. With some 499 on-net buildings, London is Zayo's principle foothold in Europe.
Geo Networks also picked up a wholesale contract helping another operator expand in the British Isles. In this case it is supplying the new kid on the transatlantic block, Emerald Networks, with two diverse fiber routes from Dublin to London. Emerald Networks recently announced the start of survey work along both the New York and Irish coasts, but that last leg has to cover a bit of ground as well in order to reach the key nodes in London.
And in Virginia, one of the newest entrants in the dark fiber game is gaining some buildout momentum. SummitIG is putting in a new dark fiber route between Richmond and Ashburn. Reminding everyone that it's not just about the endpoints but the regions passed on the way, last week Silver Companies publicly signed on with the effort to bring connectivity to Stafford and the Quantico area.