It has been a while since Zayo had kicked off a new longhaul fiber buildout, so on Friday they made up for lost time and announced two of them. Both projects connect up more of Zayo's East Coast infrastructure to the rest of its national dark fiber assets.
Zayo is planning a new fiber build between Columbus, Ohio and Ashburn, Virginia. When complete, the expansion will add 400 route miles of fiber on what the company describes as the lowest latency available both on that route and from Chicago to Ashburn as well. Zayo has long had dark fiber between New York and Chicago, and recently boosted that further with the acquisition of Spread Networks. But this route will give them a key bypass route down to Ashburn from the Midwest that they didn't previously have in their portfolio.
And further south, Zayo has a new rouyte planned between Dallas and Atlanta. This one spans 870 miles between two key cities on Zayo's network, filling one of it's biggest gaps on the dark fiber front. Zayo's existing fiber on that route derives, I believe, from the dark fiber AboveNet leased from the WilTel network back in the dot com boom.
Zayo has been steadily building out new intercity routes to complement its metro depth for a number of years now, and many of those projects are still underway. But there are still a few more I think they'd love to find an anchor customer or two for.