Zayo has won some dark fiber business over in Europe. An unnamed ‘international carrier’ is leveraging Zayo’s footprint in Western Europe to improve its global coverage.
The carrier’s network lands in the south of France, coming in via one or more subsea cables in the port of Marseille. From the landing station(s) there, they are leveraging dark fiber to connect to the big bandwidth markets in Frankfurt, Paris, and London. It’s hard to speculate who the international carrier in question might be in this case, but given the emphasis on landing in Marseille it seems likely to be someone in the Middle East or APAC whose presence in Europe now justifies a deeper dark fiber underpinning, like a Telstra for example.
Most of Zayo’s longhaul reach in Western Europe came from its purchase of the Viatel network three years ago. More recently, Zayo augmented that reach to provide three diverse routes out of Marseille.
I’ve been a bit surprised that Zayo hasn’t found more M&A opportunities in Europe since the Viatel deal, but things do tend to move slower there and Zayo has been a bit preoccupied with internal issues of late. However, it does appear that consolidation in Europe may be on the rise this year.
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