Colt further expands its fibre network in London, and beyond

Created January 22, 2020
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Colt Technology Services is continuing to invest in its Colt IQ Network, further densifying its offering in London and nearing completion of its fibre build-outs in Eastern Europe, Dublin and Berlin.

Colt has completed a fibre densification project in and around London, adding 110km of new fibre in the city in which the company was founded.

This project was run alongside the expansions in Eastern Europe, Dublin and Berlin, with this work including a 7,000km network connecting more than ten cities in Eastern Europe. More than 300km of fibre in total was to be installed in the London, Dublin and Berlin metros.

The expansion of the Colt IQ Network is being driven by customer demand, but also wider industry trends such as 5G. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, by 2022, 22% of global internet traffic will come from cellular networks. This rise in mobility means that having a reliable, agile and dense fibre backbone has never been more important, says Colt.

Carl Grivner, CEO of Colt Technology Services, said: “We know that as the world shifts dramatically towards wireless networks, having fibre in the ground becomes increasingly important.”

All the latest metro densification projects will be completed in the first half of this year, said Colt, but it added many of the new assets are ready for sale now.

Grivner said: “The projects we announced last year in Eastern Europe, Dublin and Berlin are now seeing customers benefitting from them, and the London expansion sees Colt extending its already impressive fibre footprint in the UK capital.”

The Colt IQ Network connects 900-plus data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs.

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This article was written
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