Zayo Acquires Geo, Boosting UK Fiber Footprint

Zayo Group has acquired Geo Networks, a London-based dark fiber provider in a move that will add more than 2,100 route miles to Zayo’s European network, and connectivity to 587 on-net buildings.

Founded in 2002 by Jonathan Watts and Chris Smedley, Geo owns and operates a high capacity fiber network in the UK, providing managed networks, dark fiber and co-location services to a variety of high-bandwidth sectors including media companies, service providers, financial services, data centers and gaming organizations. Geo’s 100 route mile London network is housed in the London sewer system.

The Geo acquisition will add 1,800 miles of national fiber to Zayo’s network in the UK, connecting 130 data centers, telehouses and Internet exchanges. It also will provide direct access to major cities including Manchester, Birmingham and other commercial regions.

In addition to enhancing Zayo’s UK network, Geo’s fiber enables Zayo to establish a presence in Ireland through the diverse optical fiber subsea system known as the East-West Ring, providing diverse connectivity to Dublin, a strategic hub for data centers and cloud service providers.

“Geo’s extensive fiber and conduit assets complement our existing London footprint and bring an increased breadth to our UK network,” said Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo Group. “Additionally, diverse connectivity to Dublin is critical as it continues to develop as an international data center hub.”

“Zayo is a bandwidth infrastructure leader with a growing international presence,” said Chris Smedley, CEO at Geo Networks. “Our customers will not only benefit from the expanded reach of the combined network, but also the opportunity to access Zayo’s full suite of services.”

The purchase price for the deal has not been disclosed.

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