Colt in CityFibre deal to expand to eight UK cities
Colt Technology Services has expanded the reach of its UK metro network in eight cities across the country – Leeds, Bristol, Slough, Bracknell, Reading, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The company says it is working with CityFibre, the private equity-owned company that is building a fibre-to-the-premises network across the UK.
Edinburgh and Glasgow are new connections to Colt’s global network, the 53rd and 54th in its list of metro cities.
Robin Farnan (pictured left), Colt’s EVP operations and engineering, said: “As a company, we are focused on improving both our reach and costs across the UK. Working with CityFibre to enhance our metro offering, customers can now connect from a building in Edinburgh or Glasgow to New York or Tokyo, entirely on Colt’s IQ Network, drawing on our world class on demand capability. Being able to deliver that kind of global service really puts us in a very strong position to help customers work and grow internationally.”
Andrew Wilson (pictured right), head of wholesale at CityFibre, said: “With CityFibre’s Full Fibre network rapidly scaling to reach eight million premises by 2025, our city networks unlock the potential for Colt to create its own differentiated value and a world-class network experience. The opportunity for customers within the UK, and Edinburgh and Glasgow particularly, is exciting and we’re thrilled to be working with Colt on driving this global ambition for the UK.”
The partnership enables Colt to use CityFibre’s network to connect commercial buildings as on net locations, supporting fully managed Colt services.
The deal marks a loss for BT’s last-mile fibre subsidiary Openreach, which would have been the likely choice to connect premises for carriers such as Colt.
Colt said its intelligent Colt IQ Network comprises 29,000 on-net buildings and over 900 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs.