Zayo has announced the completion of three of the longhaul projects it has been working on over the past few years. The fiber builder and operator has been working on its intercity footprint on a route-by-route basis in recent years, often with the backing of hyperscalers looking for diversity of infrastructure.
The dark fiber routes now in service include the 822 route miles between Atlanta and Dallas, the 532 route miles between Denver and Salt Lake City along I-70, and the 88 route miles in Oregon between Eugene and the cable landing stations at Reedsport.
Zayo still has five other longhaul buildouts underway. The Columbus-Ashburn, Columbus-Cleveland, and St. Louis-Indianapolis fiber builds are expected to be completed by the end of this year. Meanwhile, Columbus-Pittsburgh and Umatilla CA-Reno NV are on the schedule for the first half of next year.
When all eight of these longhaul projects are done, one has to wonder what new projects the company might have in store. Zayo has been comparatively quiet in the post-Caruso era both in terms of organic and inorganic activity, although perhaps that's just a move back to more normal volumes. Still, there will soon be more manpower to put to work on new things, so 2022 may be more active.
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