Colt and EdgeConneX partner to bring IQ network closer to the edge

02 July 2018 | James Pearce


Colt Technology Services and EdgeConneX have partnered to link up Colt’s IQ Network to several EdgeConneX facilities, offering connectivity closer to the edge.

Andrew Edison 100x150The partnership will see Colt’s high-bandwidth IQ network link to EdgeConneX facilities, beginning with its Amsterdam Edge Data Center, which was its first EDC in Europe.

The Amsterdam facility offers secure colocation services for customers looking to deliver content and applications to local markets with the lowest available latency. EdgeConneX customers using the facility include regional and local cable operators.

“Colt will be an excellent partner in our Internet ecosystem and our customers will receive access to an expansive network of key aggregation points around the world, providing a new level of fiber connectivity unlike anything previously available,” explains Dick Theunissen, Managing Director EMEA, EdgeConneX.  

“We are excited to welcome Colt into our Amsterdam EDC initially and look forward to extending this partnership into other Edge locations so that we can further our mission of delivering advanced connectivity at the Edge of the network across the globe.”

The deal sees Colt’s IQ Network, which links 850 data centre and carrier hotels across 28 countries in four continents, connect into the EdgeConneX unit. The IQ Network has over 26,000 on net buildings, and now covers Europe, Asia and North America following a number of expansions announced by Colt over the past year,

The partnership, according to Colt, will allow the London-based, privately-owned telecoms company to address growing demands for connectivity at the edge on both a local and global scale. Though EdgeConneX said the deal would see Colt connect into several of its facilities, the only location revealed so far is Amsterdam.

“Colt’s customer-oriented strategy focuses on delivering agile, high bandwidth services in key business and digital hubs around the world,” comments Andrew Edison, Vice President, Wholesale at Colt.  

“Global bandwidth requirements are continuing to explode, driven by a multitude of factors such as the sheer appetite for content as well as the data produced by the Internet of Things.  A partnership such as this allows Colt to accelerate our ambition of being the leader in enabling our customers’ digital transformation by delivering tailored connectivity solutions that meet the growing needs of multinational organizations today.”