Global Backbone Picks Zayo for Canadian Reach

November 2nd, 2016 by · 2 Comments

While its larger Colorado cousin is busy dancing the merger tango, Zayo’s Canadian acquisition of last year continues to pay off in the form of new business.  Yesterday they revealed another contract leveraging the Allstream assets up in Canada.

An unnamed global internet service provider has picked Zayo for metro dark fiber.  The assets will be used to replace legacy connectivity and to expand into new locations.  It’s a 20-year agreement that mostly leverages existing Zayo assets rather than requiring lots of new buildouts.  In other words, they are helping someone move from what was probably a leased lit service to Toronto into something bigger powered by a dark fiber IRU and connecting to more sites there and maybe in other Canadian markets whether now or later.

They aren’t saying who the service provider in question is, only that they were already a substantial customer of Zayo in the US and Europe.  If forced to guess, I’d say it could be someone like Cogent or Telia, each of which has historically leased dark fiber for expansion projects like this.  Telia in particular has been steadily adding dark fiber in North America.

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