Zayo is constantly busy expanding its network footprint whether organic or inorganic, and this week is no different. Today the company announced the completion of a new wavelength route complementing its European network.
The new wavelength route connects the key southern French port city of Marseille with Strasbourg in eastern France. It passes through Milan and Switzerland, and offers connections onward from Strasbourg to the major hubs in Frankfurt and Amsterdam. This is one of three routes to Marseille that Zayo announce plans to build out on last October that leverage the former Viatel assets they bought a couple years ago.
Zayo has a few customers lined up for the new route already. An 'India-based carrier', which means one of GCX, Tata, or Bharti Airtel I assume, has signed on for a 100G wavelength. Also in the mix are a US-based ISP and an international wholesale telecommunications provider, either of which could be any number of companies but apparently not one of the big content/cloud guys.
Zayo has been working through a few growing pains at the corporate level, but sooner or later I still think they make another inorganic move in Europe and add more fiber either to the east or south. I was surprised they weren't the winning bidder for Interoute though.