Zayo has picked up a dark fiber deal from the finance vertical according to an announcement yesterday. The Boulder-based fiber operator is providing a combination of longhaul and metro dark fiber to an unnamed U.S.-based multinational bank.
As has been the company's pattern lately, the actually identity of the bank was not supplied. And in this case neither was the route of the fiber in question. But we have some clues, and it's Friday, so a guess is in order. The solution will span some 1,100 route miles of existing Zayo network with the bulk of that on a popular long haul route that is also used by several major webscale companies and that probably has at least one end in a city with a big financial sector.
It turns out that on the east coast it is rather hard to use about 1,000 route miles along one major longhaul route and hit only 4 states while touching the data center hubs in Atlanta, Ashburn or the NY metro area. And anything that crosses the Rockies between major markets is probably further than that or doesn't check too many financial boxes or follows a route Zayo doesn't have dark fiber on. So that leaves Chicago to somewhere other than NYC (too many states), which means probably Denver. Zayo just happens to run a well-established longhaul dark fiber route between Chicago and Denver they acquired in 2013.
Anyhow, that's my story and I'm sticking to it -- just for fun of course.