What's better than having an anchor customer for a new intercity fiber buildout? Having two of course. According to Zayo, a second major customer has signed onto the new dark fiber route it is building between Reno, Nevada and Umatilla, Oregon.
Zayo just announced the new route six weeks ago, aiming to provide a diverse alternative to other north-south fiber routes on the west coast between the big webscale destinations of the Pacific Northwest and the hubs of California, spanning some 600 underground route miles along the way. I speculated at the time that Facebook was probably involved due to the Prineville connection, and if that original anchor wasn't them then this one probably is. The other could be any of the others - Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, etc.
Webscale companies have been driving new longhaul fiber buildouts like these, finally burying the myth of the fiber glut once and for all. And to make it happen they have been turning to Zayo much of the time, especially west of the Mississippi where the distances are long and the markets further between. Zayo in turn seems to have been finding success with follow-on opportunities for the fiber.
Meanwhile, Zayo's zColo division also opened a new European data center. The new 55,000 square foot facility is in Velizy, France, six miles outside of Paris, and is a highly secure building originally constructed by a military company back in the 70s.