Zayo this morning unveiled plans for three diverse network routes from Marseille to the major markets of western Europe and on to North America. The communications infrastructure provider is deploying 100G coherent waves over existing fiber in a lit expansion that will be complete by the end of the year.
The fiber in question comes primarily from Zayo's acquisition of Viatel almost two years ago. The Viatel assets included conduit and significant dark fiber on routes diverse from other buildouts from the dot com era, some passing along French waterways rather than the more common railroad options. They had a western route through Bordeaux, an eastern route through the Alps and Milan, and of course the direct, low latency route through Lyon.
While Viatel never had the resources to fully light its network, Zayo has no such issues. Better connectivity to Marseille has been high on the list of upgrades for carriers worldwide in recent years due to the growing list of submarine cable systems landing in the area, and it's no surprise that Zayo is moving to take advantage of the former Viatel footprint.
Zayo's European expansion overall seems ready for some additional infrastructure though. If it is true that Interoute is looking for a buyer, I do think Zayo will be knocking.