Colt furthers Iberian Peninsula presence with Start Campus partnership

Oct. 1, 2023
This collaboration enables Colt to expand the footprint of its Colt IQ Network locally and globally and make Start Campus's SINES Project its home to power the connectivity requirement

Colt Technology Services (Colt) is collaborating with Start Campus to expand the footprint of its Colt IQ Network locally and globally, and make Start Campus's SINES Project its home to power its customers’ connectivity requirements.

The SINES Project is one of Europe’s largest hyperscale data center ecosystems, acting as a gateway between Europe, Africa and the Americas. Powered by renewable and affordable energy, Start Campus offers a sustainable campus powered by 24x7 renewable energy facilities, resulting in a low total cost of operations for its customers.

Location is an essential element of the SINES project. At the southwestern edge of Europe, the SINES Project at Start Campus is a unique location for subsea cables, with multiple providers planning to land their systems there, including EllaLink, which connects Europe, South America, and Africa. The location of the Sines Project enables Portugal to act as a connectivity hub for Europe, providing access via transatlantic cable landings and Colt’s terrestrial network routes.

In 2021, Start Campus announced the project SINES 4.0©, a hyperscale data center with a capacity of up to 495 MW, in Sines, Portugal, representing an investment of up to $3.7 billion. It will be one of Europe’s largest data center campuses, responding to the growing demand of large international technology companies.

Colt and Start see various environmental and connectivity benefits of the pact.

“We are thrilled to partner with Colt, a company that shares our vision for sustainability,” said Start Campus's CEO Afonso Salema. “This partnership will enable us to explore innovative solutions that maximize efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. This partnership helps position Portugal as a leading global digital hub.”

Carlos Jesus, VP of Global Service Delivery and Portugal Country Manager of Colt Technology Services, agreed.

“As Colt remains committed to bolstering our global digital infrastructure, our partnership with Start Campus marks a significant stride towards establishing the Iberian Peninsula as a pivotal global digital hub,” said Carlos Jesus, VP Global Service Delivery and Portugal Country Manager of Colt Technology Services. “We are also excited to partner with Start Campus because of our shared vision for sustainability. At Colt, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is by design and embedded in everything we do, from intelligent network design to selecting our partners.”

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Sean Buckley

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