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Electric Lightwave Acquisition FAQ

Electric Lightwave Acquisition FAQ

What’s the rationale for Zayo’s acquisition of Electric Lightwave?

The Electric Lightwave acquisition has added 8,100 route miles of long haul fiber and 4,000 miles of dense metro fiber to Zayo’s network. It advances Zayo’s position as the leading independent communications infrastructure provider with broad geographic reach throughout North America and Western Europe. Customers from both companies benefit from new network routes and capabilities, which include dense metro fiber in key metropolitan markets and extensive on-net connectivity.

How will this acquisition benefit customers?

This acquisition brings an expanded fiber footprint and capabilities for both Zayo and Electric Lightwave customers. Zayo customers will benefit from diverse, high-capacity routes in the West and Pacific Northwest that provide new ways to traverse geographies. The acquisition also adds dense metro fiber across Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Boise, with on-net connectivity to more than 3,100 enterprise buildings and 100 data centers.

For Electric Lightwave’s enterprise and carrier customers, the acquisition will mean access to Zayo’s global fiber footprint and infrastructure solutions, including millions of global fiber miles, 50 data centers and a portfolio of fiber and lit fiber-based offerings.

Electric Lightwave provides voice and unified communications services to SMBs, which isn’t consistent with Zayo’s business model. What is the plan for these customers?

Electric Lightwave has been organized into two business units with the goal of providing all of our customers with a targeted suite of solutions and a focused level of support. Electric Lightwave’s communications infrastructure business, which was similar to Zayo’s, has been fully integrated into Zayo. The voice and small/medium enterprise business, which had been marketed as Integra, has been integrated into Zayo’s Canadian voice and small/medium enterprise business. Called Allstream, it provides 70,000 customers in the U.S. and Canada with communications solutions, including IP, voice, cloud and data solutions.

Are there more transactions in the works for Zayo?

We continually identify and evaluate opportunities that are aligned with our communications infrastructure strategy and can generate value for customers and shareholders.

For more information, view the press release.