Yesterday, Zayo revealed an organic expansion into the UK city of Manchester. They’ve added a new PoP there in response to customer demand, including initial sales to both a multinational content provider and to a pan-European systems integrator.
Of course, Zayo has had intercity fiber throughout much of the UK since the Geo acquisition two and a half years ago (has it really been that long?), including through Manchester. But this new expansion brings a wider swath of the company’s lit services to bear, from waves to Ethernet and IP transit. While the UK market has always been heavily London-centric, Manchester is generally always stop number two for global providers.
The actual two initial customers for Zayo’s Manchester PoP remain unnamed, which has been a common feature for their announcements this year. Of course, for Zayo ‘multinational content provider’ most often translates as Google.
Zayo’s fiber presence in Europe was strengthened by the Viatel deal announced in November of last year, however I don’t think anyone believes they are done fleshing it out. In fact, I’d be rather surprised if they didn’t make another inorganic move in continental Europe this coming winter or spring.
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