Zayo Turns Up 100G Fiber Expansion

A boon to channel partners that specialize in big bandwidth services for enterprises, Zayo Group has built out a nationwide network of 100G wavelength services across major markets in the U.S.

The 100G expansion will meet growing bandwidth needs on the part of end users, driven by intensive applications like HD video communications and over-the-top (OTT) streaming video, data center services, the uptick in cloud-delivered mission-critical business apps and the explosion of mobile tablets and smartphones connected to corporate Wi-Fi networks. The idea is to provide more capacity while delivering operational and cost efficiencies over previous platforms, the company said.

Zayo is rolling out the 100G wavelength platform across its long-haul and metro market networks, so that it can provide native 100G Wavelength connectivity to key traffic aggregation points and IP nodes throughout the U.S. The Zayo deployments include the latest coherent optical technology as well as the ability to scale bandwidth capacity along these routes to 8 Terabytes.

The rollout will be a staged one: it is already operational in some locations and will continue to be deployed during the rest of 2012 and into the first half of 2013.

“Zayo is a focused bandwidth infrastructure provider, and upgrading along key routes to 100G technology is the next step in providing customers with the latest high-bandwidth technology,” said Zach Nebergall of Zayo’s wavelength product group. “Additionally, the Zayo national network provides unique route options which enable our customers to take advantage of fiber path diversity between these core traffic aggregation locations.”

The company, which has maintained an ever-growing channel partner strategy for wavelengths, colo, dark fiber and more, is leveraging its latest acquisition of AboveNet, which it closed on in July for $2.2 billion. But Zayo is also bringing earlier network acquisitions to bear, including CityNet and 360networks, all of which give it increased diversity in various PoP in even Tier 3 markets. The companies’ combined network operates in 45 states, seven countries and boasts more than 61,000 route miles with 4.6 million miles of fiber.

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