Colt deploys 100GbE European Supercore network

Colt enhances connectivity into key European commercial trading centres, including London and Frankfurt, with its Supercore network

Core infrastructure and fibre supplier Colt has launched its new European Supercore network, specifically designed to enable fast and easy provisioning of 100Gb Ethernet (GbE) services to organisations that are increasingly demanding the capacity to transfer extremely large amounts of data.

The high-capacity, long-distance network, which forms part of a multimillion-pound investment project, connects London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich, Vienna and Dublin.

Colt said it was launching its new network after seeing exponential growth in demand for backbone capacity from carriers, internet service providers, cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services and VMware, and even media broadcasters, which are behaving much more like traditional network operators with the advent of quad-play bundling and streaming video-on-demand services.

Colt product manager Nigel Tromans said the supplier was seeing demand for high-bandwidth services from all over Europe.

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“The hotspots are the main financial centres in the north and west of Europe, where we see a lot of demand for multiples of 10GbE and 100GbE connectivity in the key area around London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, and interestingly also up to Stockholm,” he said.

“We can already provide 100Gbps on our core network but we have now created a high-capacity overlay to the core to provide 100GbE services quickly and dynamically over it.”

The Supercore is based on an Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform and will be available to customers with immediate effect.

Colt has been investing heavily in its network to better serve carrier and enterprise customers. To this end it recently expanded into Asia for the first time, acquiring Japan-based KVH, a supplier of network and datacentre services with bases in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, which recently undertook the first field trial for 400Gbps data transmission in Japan.

It has also expanded its fibre-optic network in Ireland, the Netherlands and Scandinavia, and moved beyond its traditional northern Europe hunting grounds with the launch of a new ring on the Iberian peninsula.

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