Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Colt Upgrades European Supercore with Infinera

Colt Technology Services is deploying the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform for the upgrade of its European Supercore long distance network (LDN).



Colt's European Supercore network supports national and international services between the European cities of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich, Vienna and Dublin.

Infinera said its DTN-X platform, along with its exclusive "Instant Bandwidth" capability, allows Colt to rapidly provision 40G and 100G services to its carrier and enterprise customers while providing highly reliable and scalable services.  The solution supports up to eight terabits per second (Tb/s) of capacity and the ability to provide continued service and revenue growth in the high bandwidth services market.

"Carriers, Cloud providers and enterprise customers know they can rely on Colt and our world class infrastructure to deliver and manage reliable services, leaving them free to focus on their priorities. This network upgrade is the latest in a series of investments in our network and will allow Colt to rapidly provision high-bandwidth services to our customer base in Europe. The Infinera platform allows us to easily scale the network as customer demand increases over time, giving Colt the flexibility needed to effectively support our customers," said Zhongmin Guo, VP of strategy and business development, Network Services at Colt Technology Services.

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In November 2014, Colt, which operates a next-generation network in Europe, agreed to acquire KVH, its counterpart in Asia-Pacific,for ¥18.595 billion (EUR 130.3 million) in cash. KVH is currently owned by FMR, FIL and associates.

Colt, which was founded in London in 1992 with funds provided by Fidelity Investments, has grown into a pan-European operator with a network spanning 47,000 kms.  It operates metro networks in 42 European networks with direct fiber connections into 20,000 buildings. Colt has a city-based expansion strategy, targeting customers operating in information
intensive industries.

KVH, which was also founded by Fidelity Investments, is present in Tokyo, the world’s number one city economy, as well as Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul; providing a platform in four of Colt’s target cities for expansion.  KVH operates data centers across Asia, a global low latency network and metro networks in Tokyo and Osaka.  Its managed IT and cloud solutions were developed by Colt.  KVH has around 2,000 enterprise and wholesale customers. In revenue terms KVH is roughly 10% the size of Colt.

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