Zayo touts new service capabilities, network expansion plans

April 25, 2023
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. says it now offers enhanced network protection capabilities as well as what it asserts is an industry-first on-demand connectivity service.

Fiber network services provider Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. says it now offers enhanced network protection capabilities as well as what it asserts is an industry-first on-demand connectivity service. The company also has revealed infrastructure upgrade plans to support the new capabilities as well as extend the availability of 400G services.

In the security arena, Zayo is pairing Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) filtering – which the company says is a component of Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) compliance designed to secure the internet’s routing infrastructure – with two-factor authentication for Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) route management.

Meanwhile, Zayo says it can now offer a Waves on Demand capability on eight routes. As its name implies, the new capability enables same-day turn-up, which Zayo asserts makes it the only fiber network services provider to enable its customers to turn up a wavelength in a day. The eight current routes include:

  1. Newark, NJ - New York, NY (up to 400G)
  2. Ashburn, VA - New York, NY
  3. Hillsboro, OR - Seattle, WA
  4. Ashburn, VA - Newark, NJ
  5. Atlanta, GA - Dallas, TX
  6. Los Angeles, CA - San Jose, CA
  7. Inter-Los Angeles, CA
  8. Los Angeles, CA - San Jose, CA (alt).

Zayo says it plans to add several routes to this list in 2023. They include:

  • Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL
  • San Jose, CA - Seattle, WA
  • Newark, NJ - Chicago, IL
  • Chicago, IL - Secaucus, NY
  • Englewood, FL - Chicago, IL

The company also revealed other route enhancement plans for 2023, building on a previously announced upgrade of its IP core to 400G that will leverage technology from Juniper Networks. The company expects to work on the following new and augmented dark fiber routes this year:

  • New - St. Louis, MO to Indianapolis, IN
  • Overbuild - Denver, CO to Dallas, TX
  • Overbuild - Chicago, IL to Omaha, NE
  • Overbuild - Omaha, NE to Denver, CO
  • Overbuild - Seattle, OR to Vancouver, WA
  • New - Columbus, OH to Pittsburgh, PA
  • Overbuild - St Louis, MO to Memphis, TN
  • New - Columbus, OH to Ashburn, VA.

Zayo says it deployed 24 long-haul waves routes in 2022. In 2023, the company expects to exceed the number of new long-haul dark fiber routes it deployed in 2022. Overall, Zayo believes it will complete eight long-haul construction projects in 2023, comprising 2,951 route miles and 708,000 fiber miles. The company also expects to complete 32 routes with 400G capabilities in 2023, 14 of which should be completed in the first half of the year. Finally, Zayo also expects to add another 32 new Tier 2 and 3 routes this year.

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