Colt launches new cloud communications proposition with Microsoft

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Colt Technology Services has launched a new enterprise solution that combines Microsoft’s cloud applications with its own voice and data network capability.

The Colt Intelligent Communications suite aims to offer enterprises cloud productivity applications by delivering end-to-end performance, security and reliability in a single IT capability.

It utilises Colt’s SIP trunking services, internet and cloud access alongside Microsoft’s Office 365 portfolio to offer businesses a communications solution aimed at boosting productivity and collaboration, Colt said.

“The way business is done has dramatically changed. Colt’s extended partnership with Microsoft ensures our customers have everything they need at their disposal to power their digital transformations and next wave of business growth,” says Rajiv Datta, Chief Operating Officer at Colt.

Colt already serves as a connectivity partner to Microsoft’s Azure Express Route, which providers direct access to the cloud. This solution means it can also offer a strong telephony service through Direct Routing with Microsoft Teams.

The Intelligent Communications proposition will initially be made available in 13 countries across Europe. This offering will be delivered in collaboration with global IT distributor Ingram Micro Cloud and its CloudBlue division.

Speaking about Colt’s and Ingram Micro’s partnership, vice president EMEA for CloudBlue, Isidoro Porquicho said: “We are delighted to be working with Colt on a transformational Cloud and Unified Communications project. Our strong Microsoft CSP know-how, combined with our pan-European Cloud Marketplace, CloudBlue platform and Support Services, provide Colt with the scale to fulfil the ambitions of its Colt Intelligent Communications Service.”

Colt also offers flexible networking through its IQ Network, which links more than 850 data centres globally, along with 27,500 buildings.

Datta added: “At Colt, we have a 26-year track record of being a business voice provider with a wholly-owned, globally connected network ensuring high bandwidth access to the cloud. This extended partnership with Microsoft further fuels businesses ability to collaborate and innovate – a mission that has long been at Colt’s core.”