Zayo Group Holdings has been selected by a large global carrier for 100G wavelength services between Paris and Marseille. The upgrade leverages the Viatel network, which Zayo acquired in 2015, and will provide backhaul capabilities for subsea cables AAE-1 and SEA-ME-WE-5.
As part of the contract, Zayo will deploy a 100G coherent system over the existing fibre network. With the anchor tenant secured, Zayo will leverage strong customer demand especially among large content, internet and media companies to drive follow-on sales.
In addition to the increased wavelength capacity, Zayo will continue to provide dark fibre along this route. The network will support backhaul to two new subsea cables, which will enable high-bandwidth connectivity to Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The AAE-1 and SEA-ME-WE-5, funded by a consortium of international telecom providers, are expected to be completed later this year.
Zayo’s Paris to Marseille route provides high-speed, low-latency connectivity between these two key cities via Lyon, a notable technology market. Marseille is considered a strategic city in Europe as the gateway and key aggregation point between Europe, Africa and Asia.
“This new 100G capable route will provide backhaul capabilities for the subsea cables landing in Marseille this year, providing customers with seamless service across Europe, North America and around the globe,” said Alastair Kane, managing director of Northern Europe at Zayo. “Zayo can connect customers from Marseille to Milan, London, Dublin, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and back around the world. With the upgrade, we are well-positioned to capture global traffic growth.”