Colt targets Japanese fiber-optic network infrastructure upgrades

Colt Technology Services says it will significantly upgrade its fiber-optic network footprint in Japan. The international network and ICT provider says it also will enhance its Layer 2 network capabilities. Together, the improvements will enable Colt to provide services ranging from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps at scale with greater route diversity.

Colt Technology Services says it will significantly upgrade its fiber-optic network footprint in Japan. The international network and ICT provider says it also will enhance its Layer 2 network capabilities. Together, the improvements will enable Colt to provide services ranging from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps at scale with greater route diversity.

The phased infrastructure expansion project will begin in in January 2017. For its leased line services business, Colt plans to:

  • Add services in metro networks with speeds up to 100 Gbps and quick service initiation
  • Establish multi-route diversity for protected connectivity between Tokyo and Osaka, between cable stations in Chikura and Maruyama, and in its metro networks
  • Increase its data center and other node points of presence by 50%.

For customers on its Layer 2 etherXEN network, Colt will:

  • Increase the number of etherXEN service areas that offer bandwidth up to 10 Gbps
  • Expand backbone capacity up to 100 Gbps and make such high-bandwidth services available on short lead times.

The leased line service enhancements should begin to become available to customers in the first quarter of next year. The Layer 2 upgrades should begin to come online in next year's second quarter.

Colt says the enhancements will enable the company to meet expected increases in network traffic and subsequent market-generated demand for its services from cloud service providers, financial organizations, content distributors, and internet service providers.

The upgrade announcement comes as Colt has begun construction of a new data center in Inzai, just east of Tokyo. The data center, the company's second in Inzai, will be located adjacent to the company's Tokyo Data Centre 2 facility. The new building will offer 15 MW of critical IT load across 5,000 square meters of server room space when it opens in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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