Colt says it plans to upgrade its transatlantic, transpacific, and Asian subsea cable capacity to 100 Gbps to extend availability of its Colt IQ Network to multinational companies operating in Europe, Asia, and North America.
In January, Colt announced it would expand the reach of the Colt IQ Network in Singapore and Hong Kong as part of its three-year plan to increase Colt's presence across Asia (see "Colt looks to metro footprint expansion in Singapore, Hong Kong").
The fiber-optic network service provider also will extend connectivity into North America in response to enterprises’ local and global connectivity demands. According to the company, the North American expansion will allow the Colt IQ Network to encompass key global cloud aggregation points with multiple 100-Gbps transatlantic and transpacific connections, along with100-Gbps Asian Pacific connections. With numerous routes that deliver redundancy and flexibility, the upgrades will enable Colt to expand its high bandwidth strategy worldwide as well.
The company says high bandwidth data-center-to-data-center connectivity within the U.S. will be enabled. The expansion will link 13 major telecoms and cloud hub cities in the U.S. and Canada with end-to-end capabilities on Colt-owned equipment, and stretch Colt’s connectivity footprint to over 800 global data centers. This includes Seattle, San Francisco, LA, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Ashburn, Newark, New York, Boston, and Toronto data centers, with accessibility to U.S. data centers from enterprise buildings on the Colt IQ Network.
"In 2016, we announced a strategy focused on high bandwidth services in key regional business hubs worldwide," said Tom Regent, Colt’s CCO. "This expansion plan will further future-proof our network, take us deeper into existing markets and allow us to better serve the growing demand for high bandwidth networking solutions for multinational organizations globally."
Colt expects the Colt IQ Network U.S. extension, and global subsea capacity implementation to be finished in the first part of 2018.
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