Colt announces 100G subsea upgrade and North America expansion plans

07 November 2017 | James Pearce


Colt Technology Services has unveiled plans to upgrade its transatalantic, transpacific and Asian subsea cable capacity to 100G, whilst also expanding its IQ Network to North America.

The major upgrade is part of the London-based carrier’s strategy to globalise its high-bandwidth network across multiple routes, creating key opportunities in the enterprise and wholesale space.

subsea connect 2017 970x170Colt’s expansion into North America will see it connect thirteen major telecoms and cloud hub cities in the US and Canada. Data centres in key hubs include Seattle, San Francisco, LA, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Ashburn, Newark, New York, Boston, and Toronto, which will offer end-to-end capabilities on Colt-owned equipment.

The expansion means Colt will connect more than 800 data centres internationally, with over 25,000 on-net buildings hooked up to its network.

In the US, Colt’s enterprise customers will be able to access US data centres from buildings on the Colt IQ Network, with the carrier also set to launch high-bandwidth data centre-to-data centre connectivity in the country.

Colt chief commercial officer (CCO), Tom Regent said: “In 2016, we announced a strategy focused on high bandwidth services in key regional business hubs worldwide. This expansion plan will further future proof our network, take us deeper into existing markets and allow us to better serve the growing demand for high bandwidth networking solutions for multinational organisations globally.

“The North American market is important to Colt, and we are working to triple our sales force in the region. By expanding the Colt IQ Network to US cities with the largest concentration of digital ecosystems, Colt will focus more strongly on serving the global connectivity needs of multinational companies headquartered in the region.”

It is part of Colt’s plan to make the experience for any global customers, be it wholesale or enterprise, should have the same experience using its IQ Network.

Randy Nicklas, who recently joined Colt as VP of engineering after a three-year stint as CTO of Windstream, recently spoke to Capacity about Colt’s IQ Network, saying it is “all about delivering higher bandwidth services to enterprise and wholesale customers. It’s not just Europe, it’s Singapore and Hong Kong and Japan. IQ Net in Asia and Europe is configured the same way and has the same set of systems."

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