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Press Release -- April 18th, 2013
Source: Colt Group
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Colt extends high capacity network in Germany

London, 18 April 2013

Colt, the information delivery platform, today announced that it is connecting an additional seven German cities to its high-capacity network, including Kiel, Schwerin, Magdeburg, Erfurt, Jena, Saarbrücken and Bamberg. This extension is part of Colt’s overall investment plan for its high capacity network in Europe, providing the German financial sector and other industries with new opportunities for fast and secure data connectivity. In line with the expansion project, a newly established London from Brussels – Luxemburg – Frankfurt route will go via a new point of presence (POP) in Saarbrücken.

A further 1,200 kilometres of connected fibre optic cable enables organisations to take advantage of  better connectivity to both the German and European markets. As a result, they can now connect more efficiently to high capacity data, voice, managed services and connectivity offerings of up to 10 Gbits/s.

The expansion of the German-wide high capacity network combined with the newly connected cities will provide customers with a flexible cost structure, integrated network, compute and communications services, all with a faster and wider range of connectivity options. This is in addition to providing greater traffic capabilities with optimised resilience, ultra low latency and a comprehensive Service Level Agreement (SLA). Customers previously dependent on a number of providers are now able to get a full left to right offering from a single provider.

“The extension of our network is the result of a clear increase in demand for dedicated data, voice and managed services, as well as higher bandwidth requirements in the new regions,” said  Christian Müller, Director, Commercial Strategy CEE, Nordics & Global at Colt. “Businesses in Germany are increasingly connected across Europe and therefore require a high performing and reliable connection. Thanks to the extension of our already significant local presence in Germany, we can provide this to even more customers, who will also benefit from the end-to-end control of our services and one European-wide SLA.”

Colt’s continuous investment in its network and services has been widely recognised as a driving force within the market.  Most recently Colt scored 4.4 out of 5 for its core city backbone, as part of Gartner’s research into Pan-European network service markets and players.  The report entitled, Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services, published March 26, 2013, evaluates 13 vendors against seven critical product capabilities. These included: managed MPLS VPNs, Ethernet Services, managed Internet VPNs & hybrid IP WANs, Internet Access, SIP trunking & TDM voice trunks, managed WAN optimisation & application performance management as well as managed LAN & WAN.

About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 22-country, 43,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 19,000 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

In 2010, the Colt Data Centre Services business was launched to deliver innovative high quality data centre solutions at a Colt or customer site. Our Innovative data centres are rapid to deploy, flexible and highly efficient.

In addition to its direct sales capability, Colt has four indirect channels to market; Agent, Franchise, Distributor and Wholesale which includes Carriers, Service Providers, VARs and Voice Resellers.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

About the research

The online survey was conducted at the end of 2012 amongst 360 UK financial services professionals.

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