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Dark Fiber: What’s Driving Today’s Demand?

Enterprises are now learning what carriers always knew: when it comes to navigating a changing telecommunications environment, there’s no replacement for dark fiber. Only dark fiber can offer the customization, flexibility, low latency and long-term cost savings that many large companies need to equip their teams with greater bandwidth, more advanced technology and more transmission power.

As Sean Buckley at FierceTelecom points out in a recent article, the dark fiber landscape is changing. “Unlike the late 1990s build-it-and-they-will-come drive, dark fiber demand is today being driven by new service drivers — small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC’s E-Rate program.”

Zayo has made a name for itself in dark fiber, offering the largest network of dark fiber available in North America. Carriers, large enterprises and increasingly, schools and government, are investing in dark fiber with Zayo. Why? They benefit from both Zayo’s extensive dark fiber footprint – more than 29,000 miles in North America.

“Unlike the late 1990s build-it-and-they-will-come drive, dark fiber demand is today being driven by new service drivers — small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC’s E-Rate program.”

Dark fiber is an optimal solution for organizations looking for performance control, strategic network management and scalability:

Performance Control:
Dark fiber provides a backbone to sell new services and set up new networks for businesses, governments and institutions that require the flexibility and cost control of their own network. Customers benefit from network control and security, bandwidth scalability and network future proofing. Zayo Global Dark Fiber NetworkWith dark fiber, enterprises and carriers alike can fluidly adjust to increased bandwidth consumption and the need to support low latency across intercity regions.

Strategic Network Management:
Dark fiber isn’t just an asset – because it’s considered “open-source” and customizable depending on need, businesses can develop a long-term strategy for performance development in access networks as customer needs change. For example, as the wireless spectrum evolves from 4G and LTE to 5G, it will be easy to move subscribers to a more efficient network with dark fiber.

Speed of Change:
The only network that’s sure to keep up with the pace of innovation is a dark fiber network. As the speed of technology, upgrades and workplace demands increase quickly, both last-mile users and network providers now understand the need for a network that can accept any and all bandwidth commitments.

Zayo has always had a fundamental belief that dark fiber fuels innovation in business better than many other network offerings. It’s why Zayo has amassed 112,000 route miles of fiber globally. As capabilities increase, technology changes, and demand for bandwidth increases, dark fiber is a limitless way to keep costs in control and meet the future head-on.

Learn more about Zayo’s dark fiber solutions for your business.

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