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Press Release -- September 25th, 2014
Source: Colt Group

Colt Announces New High Bandwidth Network from Dublin to London via Manchester

New sub-sea fibre route completes a ring that connects London and Dublin via two cities to bring businesses high capacity and resiliency


Colt, the leading information delivery platform, today announced a new, fully operational network route from Dublin to London via Manchester that connects both indigenous and multinational companies to the rest of Europe and beyond. The new high bandwidth route is the second Colt network linking Dublin to London, addressing customers’ increasing demands for capacity and resiliency.

The new network is part of Colt’s investment strategy of growing its existing infrastructure and creating new long distance routes to address customer demand for highly available connectivity to key European business centres. Further new routes will be launched in the Iberian Peninsula, Northern Europe and the Netherlands later this year. The network expansions will help address European organisations’ infrastructure concerns, as 8 in 10 admitted that their current network won’t meet their business needs in two years’ time in the Tech Deficit research study.

The Dublin to London route via Manchester follows the launch of Colt’s low latency route from Dublin to London via Birmingham. This latest expansion completes a network ring that links the two capital cities and connects hundreds of Ireland-based companies in the financial services, media and retail sectors to over 195 European cities. It connects Colt’s customers to all major business parks in Dublin, 20 data centres in and around the city, and provides fibre access to over 250 buildings.

Mark Pilkington, Head of Transmissions and Operations at Setanta Sports, said: “Having been a Colt customer for several years, Setanta has had the opportunity to see the development and improvement in local, national and international network services. The addition of high speed capacity in Dublin, coupled with complete network diversity to London and beyond, maintains Colt as one of our primary service providers and will ensure that we are well placed to optimise their improved service provision in meeting our own customer demands.”

“With half of the world’s top banks in Ireland, we’re seeing an increasing demand for high bandwidth connectivity, driven by the move to cloud services and the mission critical nature of data in the digital economy,” said François Eloy, Executive Vice President, Network Services, at Colt. “Our aim is to be the first choice for businesses in Europe. Our continued pan-European network investments provide our customers with unparalleled reach and world class infrastructure, thereby meeting their needs today and in the future.”


About Colt’s European network

  • Colt’s network has been designed to meet the needs of its customers, including carriers and the financial and media/broadcast enterprise segments where low latency and high bandwidth transport is vital.
  • It is ready to support new technical solutions including IPv6 and 1000Gbps Ethernet. The network is underpinned by robust systems and processes to enable proactive monitoring and rapid provisioning of services supported by end-to-end Service Level Agreements.
  • Colt’s infrastructure consists of 47,000km European network connecting 42 metropolitan area networks, 195 European cities and 20 Colt data centres, as well as 27,000km of transatlantic routes and US presence.
  • The new network from Dublin to London via Manchester is a 100Gbps and 394km fibre route. It provides up to 4.2Tbps network capacity – that’s equivalent to 280 15Gb HD films every second.

For a more detailed overview of the Colt network please take a look at the infographic here.

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 network, data centre, voice and IT services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers worldwide. Colt operates in 22 European countries with a 47,000km European network and transatlantic network capacity. Colt has metropolitan area networks in 42 major European cities with direct fibre connections into over 20,000 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

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 Setanta Sports

Setanta Sports is Ireland’s leading premium sports broadcaster. Setanta was originally founded in 1992 to bring Irish Sport to fans around the world and has since grown rapidly to have operations in around the world. The Setanta Ireland channel commenced broadcasting in August 2004 initially on the cable platform in Ireland. Since then the footprint has expanded and Setanta is widely available across Satellite, UPC and Eircom broadband. Setanta is also available on Satellite in Northern Ireland.

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