Fibre Connections to Cable Landing Stations

Global data traffic continues a steady trajectory upward, with IP traffic alone forecast to grow at 24 percent compounded annual growth rate through 2021. Much of that demand is being driven by the North America and Asia-Pacific regions, driven by growth in high-bandwidth services and applications, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.
Increasingly, communications and commerce are global, which means that companies need fast, high-performance ways to connect with their customers, suppliers and colleagues on other continents. Typically, that’s through high-capacity fibre networks that originate and terminate in data centres.

The point of departure for data that needs to traverse an ocean is a cable landing station — effectively an interconnection point to a subsea communications cable. From there, the data is routed to the designated cable for its subsea journey at 99.7 percent the speed of light. On the other end, it reaches another cable landing station, where data is routed to its final destination over a domestic fibre network.

Increasingly, our customers are looking for seamless ways to connect to their offices, partners, suppliers and customers across the globe — and our mission is to accelerate their capabilities wherever they want to do business. With the recent acquisition of Electric Lightwave, we are able to provide expanded global reach and capability via cable landing stations in California and up the Pacific coast.

In the U.S., landing stations are located on the West Coast, Eastern Seaboard, Florida and Alaska. All domestic bandwidth to and from a Trans-Pacific destination will route through one of the West Coast stations. Zayo is on net with many of these facilities, which is creating opportunities with new international customers that need access to our diverse U.S. fibre network and connectivity to thousands of data centres and cloud providers.

Zayo has recently signed contracts with large Asian carriers for terrestrial transport from cable landing stations in Southern California. We are powering the carriers’ network capacity as well as supporting their customers, which include some of the largest online retailers in the world. We are also in active discussions with other carriers and submarine consortium members from across Asia and Latin America, including China, India and Mexico requiring cable landing station connectivity on both the East and West coasts. New state-of-the-art trans-Pacific cables are currently in development, with expected completion by 2020. Given our dense network and connectivity to West Coast landing stations, Zayo is well positioned to be the leading backhaul provider from these locations.

In Europe, Zayo is on or near-net with major landing stations in Marseille, a key aggregation point for Europe, Africa and Asia via subsea cables AAE-1, SEA-ME-WE-5 and several others. From these landing stations, Zayo can provide dark fibre or 100G wavelength backhaul over its network via diverse routes to Paris, providing extensive connectivity options throughout Western Europe and North America.

Working with Zayo’s Global Reach and webscale teams, we are engineering flexible, differentiated offerings, including dark fibre infrastructure and a range of lit solutions, including optical wavelengths and Ethernet. Of course, existing and potential North American customers benefit as well, with fibre connections from the landing station back to data centres, offices and thousands of on-net buildings. Our diverse West Coast routes also offer a significant advantage for companies that require fully redundant solutions.

To make the experience easy and seamless for our customers, we are finalizing visualization of the cable landing access points and subsea connections via Tranzact, our online platform. In the near future, customers will be able to search capabilities via specific subsea cables and cable landing stations.

If you’d like to learn more, we’ll be at Capacity Asia in December. Reach out to Hilary Nalven, our director of International Carriers, at

West Coast Connections By the Numbers

Fibre centric data customers in the U.S.
Commercial data centres in the U.S.
Trans-Pacific cables connecting the U.S. across the Pacific
West Coast cable landing stations terminating the Trans-Pacific cables
Owned long haul routes that connect Seattle to LA (Zayo 2)
Remaining long haul and metro fibre owners who cover the West
Leading global infrastructure provider