Colt announces system-wide network upgrade
03 November 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe
Colt Technology Services has committed to a major system-wide network upgrade that will give its enterprise, carrier and web-centric customers access to bandwidth levels of up to 100Gbps.
The high-capacity connectivity upgrade will enable businesses of all sizes to future-proof their connectivity and “deliver the network of the future,” says the high bandwidth network services provider. Colt is investing significantly in its core infrastructure to enable critical business connectivity by building out a multi-terabit optical backbone and next generation packet network optimised for 100Gbps connectivity.
“We are causing a major disruption in the telecoms market, similar to that being played out now in cloud computing,” said Carl Grivner, CEO of Colt.
Applications and infrastructure are increasingly moving into the cloud and the data centre, added Grivner: “Old business models are breaking down and technology is taking a major leap forward, driven by software and virtualisation. Colt is investing heavily in its core strength, the network, to stay ahead of the business transformation curve – just as our customers expect.”
The fibre network operator’s CTO, Rajiv Datta, said: “To enable this transition, Colt is driving a data centre-focused, distributed network topology, offering direct connections to over 200 key data centres, carrier hotels and cloud aggregation points, putting customers closer to the core of their digital business.
“Colt’s network investment is centred around creating a scalable and flexible platform that provides customers with choices that meet the varying service requirements of different applications. This platform will further enable our award-winning product portfolio including innovative, software-defined networking (SDN) products and Ethernet services, to provide value to our customers as they transition to this agile, cloud-centric world.”
Colt’s current network infrastructure delivers connectivity to over 680 data centres around the globe with over 24,000 on-net buildings.
Today's announcement comes after Colt expanded its managed SD-WAN services and more recently announced plans to revamp its fibre network infrastructure in Japan.
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