Colt Technology Services inaugurates 400GbE Wave and Private Wave services

Oct. 12, 2021
The services, delivered over Colt’s Ciena-powered IQ Network, are a first for the European and Asia Pacific regions, Colt asserts.

Colt Technology Services says it now offers 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400GbE) Wave and Private Wave services in the European and Asia Pacific markets. The services, delivered over Colt’s Ciena-powered IQ Network, are a first for the two regions, Colt asserts.

Launched in 2016, Colt’s IQ Network connects more than 29,000 on-net buildings and more than 900 data centers. The service provider has worked with Ciena to enhance the network since at least 2011 (see "Colt upgrades Colt IQ Network with Ciena optical transport technology") including a major rollout of the Ciena 6500 platform in the two markets in 2017 (see "Colt deploys Ciena 6500 platforms in pan-regional fiber network" and "Colt to deploy Ciena's 6500 packet-optical transport system in Asia Pacific region"). The current incarnation of the IQ Network leverages Ciena’s Waveserver 5 platform equipped with WaveLogic 5e 800G capabilities.

“As a company, we’re known for our innovation – and that’s really highlighted with this announcement, with us being the first to deliver 400GbE commercially across both Europe and the Asia Pacific,” commented Vivek Gaur, Colt’s vice president, network engineering. “Colt continues to make systematic and strategic investments to drive innovation in the IQ Network, introducing next-generation, scalable, and sustainable optical network technology in partnership with Ciena. We’re staying one step ahead in the market and helping our customers transform the way they do business through high bandwidth connectivity.”

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