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Zayo deploys 400G connectivity across its network

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Zayo Group Holdings has announced plans to deploy thirty-one high capacity, 400G-enabled long haul routes across North America and Western Europe.

The use of 400G client-side wave capabilities will allow Zayo to deliver multi-terabit capacity across its global network, which in turn will enable higher transmission rates, reduced cost per bit, increased data transfer speeds and significantly greater bandwidth capacity.

In addition, up to 800G transmission will be available in select areas as Zayo deploys significant speed enhancements, laying the foundations for future network needs.

“400G is rapidly becoming the prevailing requirement for networks and Zayo is breaking new ground with its 800G capabilities,” said Brian Lillie (pictured), chief product and technology officer at Zayo.

“This deployment underscores Zayo’s commitment to maintaining the leading edge of communications infrastructure and providing state-of-the art network solutions critical to our customers’ digital transformation journeys.”

The 400G wavelength network is designed to provide a direct route for multi-cloud and multi-market connectivity, best placed to meet the needs of content providers, hyperscalers, carriers and data centres. The upgrade will also reduce physical space requirements as well as reduced operation and maintenance costs as a result of a 40% reduction in power consumption.

Exceeding the current standard of 100G, Zayo’s new routes will provide a fourfold increase in maximum data transfer speed, supporting 5G technologies including IoT, cloud-based computing, edge computing, virtual reality, high-definition video streaming and artificial intelligence.

In related news, July saw Zayo partner Digital Realty to create the physical and virtual foundations of a new open fabric.

Under the terms of the collaboration, Digital Realty will tap into Zayo's infrastructure – which comprises more than 13 million fibre miles across 400 markets worldwide – and extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centres. The overall aim is to build "the largest open fabric-of-fabrics" interconnecting key centres of data exchange.

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