GTT Communications provides optical fabric to The Quilt

Created October 17, 2018
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GTT Communications will deliver high-speed internet services to members of The Quilt, a US national coalition of non-profit regional research and education networks. The Quilt represents 40 networks and more than 900 educational institutions in the US.

GTT will provide nearly 50Gbps of internet capacity to each of the Quilt members, which is expected to increase to 100Gbps by the end of 2018. GTT delivers internet services over its Tier 1 global IP backbone, among the largest in the world.

With over 550 points-of-presence, GTT provides flexible, scalable high-capacity cloud networking services to large organisations, including many leading universities and research institutions. GTT is now an authorised internet service provider for The Quilt.

The Quilt started its request for proposals (RFP) for its 2018 Commodity Internet Services (CIS) programme this January, searching for several approved CIS providers. The Quilt leverages the collective purchasing power of its participants and their Authorised Quilt Buyers to purchase advanced network services at a lower cost.

The Quilt community collectively purchases 765Gbps of committed commodity bandwidth from Quilt-approved providers established through the CIS programme.

“We are embracing the opportunity to support the networking requirements of the research and education community with our expansive global network and look forward to advancing our partnership with The Quilt,” said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO.

GTT Communications recently upgraded its fibre network across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to deliver enhanced cloud connectivity and services to enterprises and carrier clients across the region.

The company upgraded routes between its network points-of-presence (PoPs) in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey, adding a diverse, lower-latency route from Budapest to Sofia.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation