GTT to upgrade its network in central and eastern Europe

11 September 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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GTT Communications (GTT), a global cloud networking provider, has announced the upgrade of its fibre network spanning central and eastern Europe (CEE).

The company says that the network upgrade and additional high capacity fibre routes enhance the diversity, scalability and performance of GTT’s Tier 1 global IP network footprint for its enterprise and carrier clients in the CEE region.

“GTT is delivering on its purpose of connecting people across organisations, around the world and to every application in the cloud,” said Rick Calder, president and CEO, GTT. “Central and eastern Europe is a significant market for GTT, and this network upgrade results in an even stronger set of cloud networking services for our clients.”

GTT is upgrading its routes between its network points of presence in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey, adding a diverse, lower-latency route from Budapest to Sofia. GTT deployed next-generation optical technology along the routes, doubling the available optical capacity per fibre in the initial upgrade, with the ability to add capacity to align with client demand.

In an exclusive quote for Capacity, Gina Nomellini, CMO at GTT said, “We expect the network upgrade to be completed by October 2018.”

Earlier this year in an exclusive interview with Capacity, Calder pointed to potential network upgrades after the $2.3bn acquisition of Interoute.

“We run a Tier 1 backbone and Interoute has two or three different Tier 2 IP backbones, so we’ll consolidate them into our network,” he said.

The news follows an announcement made by the company last month, when it confirmed that it had restructured its various divisions and named new heads of Europe and the UK.

Jesper Aagaard, the former managing director of Interoute in the Nordics and the Netherlands, was appointed as the new Europe division president, responsible for clients in continental Europe.

As well as Martin Ford who previously served as GTT’s EMEA division president who was named as UK division president responsible for clients in the UK and Ireland in addition to the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.