Zayo has been moving quickly to make use of the assets it acquired over in Europe last year. This morning the announced plans to expand across the Irish Sea over to Dublin, lighting various dark fiber assets along the way.
The purchase of Geo gave Zayo lots of dark fiber in and aroundthe UK, and they've lit a bunch of that now to bring Manchester, Birmingham, and Bristol on-net. Their on-net move into Ireland crosses the cable Geo built with ESB and lands at Interxion's facility in Dublin, and will expand from there. They're now offering everything up to 100G and it's on their Tranzact platform as well.
As for timing, the project should be complete in June, with Manchester on-net by the end of this month.
While there's certainly plenty to do in the British Isles, I can't help but wonder what Zayo's next move is in the broader European consolidation movement. There's euNetworks of course, but with this Irish move I wonder if the Digiweb Group's Viatel business might not be an even better fit in the short term.
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