Zayo opens 400G fiber route connecting Paris and Marseille

Jan. 17, 2023
In addition to the two endpoints, the new route also will provide direct access to Bordeaux, which is the landing city for the new Amitié transatlantic submarine cable.

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. has continued its 400G capabilities expansion initiative with a new route with such capabilities that connects Paris and Marseille (and several places in between – see map above). The route also features first-in-market network hardening via what Zayo described as “next-generation fiber technologies.”

The Paris-to-Marseille route will feature up to 24 Tbps of expected capacity per fiber pair and triversity options to enable secure, resilient connectivity, both on the route itself and to the rest of Europe and the U.S. In addition to the two endpoints, the new route also will provide direct access to Bordeaux, which is the landing city for the new Amitié transatlantic submarine cable that will connect the U.S. with the UK and France. Once ready for service, the connection also will enable direct access to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Zayo adds.

“We are continuously expanding, improving and diversifying our network in order to support our customers with their increasing bandwidth,” commented Yannick Leboyer, Europe COO at Zayo. “With several new subsea cable projects set to deploy in the coming years, Marseille is on its way to becoming one of the top five internet connectivity hubs globally, and Zayo is uniquely positioned to provide the necessary infrastructure to support this growth. The Paris-to-Marseille route is built to support and transport the fast-paced bandwidth growth and increasingly high demand for connectivity in these markets, giving customers a more reliable, scalable, and secure way to share data to the rest of Europe and the U.S.”

The new route is part of an expansion initiative in Europe for Zayo, which includes completion of its Zeus subsea cable between the UK and continental Europe in 2022. Zayo currently owns and operates 2.2 million km of fiber and connects 16 metro markets and nine countries across Europe.

The company also has opened several 400G-enabled routes across its footprint (see, for example, “Zayo adds routes, 400G in fiber network expansion drive” and “Zayo touts 2H22 fiber network expansion and upgrades”).

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

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