03 July 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Colt Technology Services is at an advanced stage of expanding its network to six eastern European capital cities, with a long-term idea to reach further.
According to executives at the
Capacity Europe East event in Sofia this week, Colt plans to
launch the network expansion by the end of 2018. It will use
fibre from existing carriers, said executives.
The network will be extended from Colt’s existing
point of presence in Klagenfurt, Austria, eastwards towards
Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest to Sofia, and then back through
Belgrade and Zagreb before completing the ring in
Executives were talking to carriers at the Sofia event about
using fibre to create the network. It is not thought that Colt
will construct its own fibre, said executives at the
Later Colt will look at extending from Bulgaria across the
Turkish border towards Istanbul, said one executive at the
Colt will use Ciena network equipment and will incorporate the
eastern Europe extension into its Colt IQ network.
Speaking at a roundtable at Capacity Europe East,
Colt’s Ruth Welter told executives from other
carriers that the company had identified a demand from
multinational enterprises, from China and the US, that were
looking for business in the region.
"There are a lot of Chinese investments here. These are all
prospective customers for us. This is the place to be," said
Welter, who is Colt’s wholesale sales director for
the DACH – Germany, Austria, Switzerland –
area. However, her responsibilities have been extended across