14 May 2018
| James Pearce
Colt Technology Services has unveiled a new product which offers wholesale and ultra-high bandwidth customers the ability to build multiple 100G waves between two points on a metro, national or international basis.
The Colt Spectrum product will give
Colt customers an allocation of spectrum on the London-based
carrier’s IQ Network, which spans Colt-owned
infrastructure in 29 countries across four continents.
The Colt IQ Network is a 100Gbps optimised network
distributed to 800+ data centres and carrier hotels around the
world, optimised for SDN, NFV and cloud services. Colt Spectrum
gives customers the ability to light spectrum using their own
equipment, acting as an alternative to long-haul dark fibre
Colt said its Spectrum service should appeal to wholesale
customers, as well as those specific verticals which have
demands for ultra-high bandwidth connectivity, such as media
industry customers and content providers.
"Colt’s customers have a variety of
connectivity solutions needs. Today, carriers are contending
with enormous growth in international bandwidth demand,
particularly as video and content proliferates," said Andrew
Edison, vice president, wholesale at Colt.
"Connectivity to internet exchanges and aggregation points
is now critical to the success of any digital business. Colt
recognises that some organisations need full control over the
network connecting these points, without the expenditure
associated with procuring Dark Fibre. This requirement is
addressed by our innovative Spectrum product."
Colt recently announced an expansion its IQ Network to 13
new locations in North America. The company has already
extended the service to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore after
starting in Europe, but the North American extension is a major
leap for the carrier.
According to Edison, new cities include Toronto, Canada plus
Seattle, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami,
Chicago, Ashburn, Newark and New York City, all in the US.
"It means we have 100Gbps links to the west and east coasts
of North America," he added. "Now our European clients can
deliver content direct to North America and our clients there
can deliver to Europe."