Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 63 | Page 66


Zayo boosts infrastructure leadership in Europe with pivotal fibre expansion

Zayo Group Holdings , a leading global communications infrastructure platform , has announced the deployment of a new 400G-enabled route connecting Paris and Marseille – including first-in-market network hardening of this critical route leveraging next-generation fibre technologies – to provide enterprises with an easier and more secure way to transport rapidly increasing high-bandwidth traffic from these top-10 global Internet hubs .

“ We are continuously expanding , improving and diversifying our network in order to support our customers with their increasing bandwidth ,” said Yannick Leboyer , Europe Chief Operating Officer 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 US .”
Paris is the fourth largest Internet connectivity hub in the world and Marseille , a crossroad of several major exchanges between terrestrial and submarine networks , is projected to move from the seventh to the fifth largest global Internet hub in the next three years .
With six new subsea cables in Marseille scheduled for completion , including key gateways to Asia , Africa and the Middle East , capacity demands in Marseille are expected to quadruple by 2026 . This is creating a rapidly increasing need for enterprises to transport traffic growth from these hubs throughout Europe and to other key commerce centres across the globe .
The new Paris-to-Marseille route from Zayo provides 24 terabytes of total expected capacity per fibre pair , critical triversity options and 400G enablement for enterprises to manage this capacity growth and ensure secure , resilient connectivity to the rest of Europe and the US . Beyond capacity , Zayo is hardening its network with new fibre technologies , making Zayo the first carrier with this next-generation fibre on the route connecting Paris to Marseille .
The route will also provide direct access to Bordeaux – the landing city for Amitié , a new private transatlantic cable that will connect the US with the UK and France . Once ready for service , the connection will enable direct access to Asia , Africa and the Middle East .
This latest investment from Zayo is part of the company ’ s overall strategy to overlay its European backbone and deliver high-capacity bandwidth across Europe , following the completion of its Zeus subsea cable in 2022 , which provides the strongest connection between the UK and continental Europe . To date , Zayo owns and operates 2.2 million km of fibre and connects 16 key metro markets and nine countries across Europe . p
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