Today Zayo expanded its infrastructure footprint with the launch of a new subsea cable. Not a long one, but nevertheless a key pipeline between the UK and continental Europe. They have named the new system Zeus.
The Zeus cable consists of 192 fibers connecting Lowestoft in the UK with Zandvoort in the Netherlands, from which they have terrestrial backhaul to London and to Amsterdam of course. The distance is short enough for the ULL fiber to support up to 600G on a single channel, giving them 2.65 Petabits per second of potential capacity.
They buried the cable 2-3 meters deep in the seabed under the North Sea, encountering no less than a WW2 explosive that was detonated safely with the help of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Zayo’s UK and French footprints came via acquisition a number of years back via AboveNet, Geo, and Neo.
The company says it is preparing to launch a new ULL route connecting Frankfurt to Zurich and Milan. They might have other fiber plans in the works for their European footprint as well as the revamped company turns again toward expansion.
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