Colt upgrades IQ network in future-proofing move

Ranjiv Datta

Rajiv Datta, Chief Operating Officer at Colt

Colt Technology Services has deployed optical technology with an upgrade of its Colt IQ Network, as part of a move to power organisations’ digital transformations.

The technology is a combination of Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai technology with a conversion to flexible grid photonics.

According to Colt, the combination will deliver an uplift in core network capacity to the way for the launch of new product capabilities, including higher bandwidth services.

“In 2016, Colt announced a major investment in a next-generation optical and packet network as a key enabler to our high bandwidth strategy,” Rajiv Datta, Chief Operating Officer at Colt explained.

Since then, the company has facilitated high bandwidth services to more than 900 connected data centres and 27,500 on-net buildings. This latest upgrade will quadruple the capacity on Colt’s core optical network in preparation for the delivery of 400Gbps wavelength services and beyond, the company announced.

“We have actively served the growing needs of enterprises and providers to connect to the cloud and to bring that scale to their end-user locations with our highly distributed fibre network. The response from our customers has been strong and this further investment ensures that we will continue to be at the forefront of serving high bandwidth connectivity needs,” Datta said.

The company noted that flexible grid technology will drive key enhancements and Spectrum offerings, as well as highlight Colt’s commitment to ensuring its network is at the forefront of technological innovation, bringing the cloud environment closer to organisations as well as providing customers with high bandwidth which drives business transformation.

Jamie Jefferies, Ciena’s Vice President & General Manager of Europe said: “Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai creates the perfect foundation for a truly adaptive network, helping to ensure that Colt’s IQ Network can address the high bandwidth and on-demand requirements of business today. We have worked with Colt for many years and are excited to see what this next-generation network can achieve with Ciena’s coherent optical innovations underpinning it.”

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