UK-based Colt Technology Services is set for a system-wide network upgrade that will offer its customers bandwidth levels of up to 100Gbps.
The company, which claims to be the largest independent fibre network operator in Europe, plans to make a significant investment in its core infrastructure to build a multi-terabit optical backbone and next-generation packet network optimised for ultrafast business connectivity.
Colt CEO Carl Grivner said: “We are causing a major disruption in the telecoms market, similar to that being played out now in cloud computing. 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.”
Colt’s existing network infrastructure delivers connectivity to more than 680 data centres globally.
The company noted that the demand for reliable business-grade connectivity continues to increase as the applications and infrastructure that power future businesses increasingly move into the cloud and the data centre.
Colt’s data centre-focused, distributed network topology aims to provide direct 100Gbps connections to more than 200 key data centres, carrier hotels and cloud aggregation points.
The enhancements will allow the company to offer pre-positioned high-capacity connectivity, ready for rapid service delivery, enabling customers to scale up when their data usage requirements needs it.
Colt CTO Rajiv Datta said: “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.”
Last month, Colt expanded its managed software defined wider area network service to 13 countries across Europe.
The company plans to expand the service to more countries in 2017.