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Press Release -- February 9th, 2015
Source: Colt Group

Colt recognised in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services

Colt today announced that Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, has recognised it among the industry’s leading vendors in all four use cases assessed in the third ‘Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services1 report. “Critical capabilities” are attributes that differentiate products or services, such as Ethernet services, SIP Trunks, or Managed MPLS VPNs, in a class in terms of their quality and performance. “Gartner recommends that users consider this set of critical capabilities as some of the most important criteria for network services acquisition decisions.”

Sohail Qadri, EVP Strategy & Business Development at Colt: “Colt continues to invest in its network coverage and product capabilities, enabling us to meet our customers’ requirements and maintain our overall position in a highly competitive market. We believe this report demonstrates Colt has made further progress in its evolution to a full managed service provider and that customers value Colt’s strong pan-European presence and high quality services – in particular Colt’s Ethernet and SIP Trunk offerings. We view the Gartner Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services report as an excellent barometer of the industry and a trusted benchmark of performance for enterprises and channel partners looking for network service providers in the region.”

Gartner’s research report assessed vendors’ product capabilities in four critical network services use cases: Midsize European Network, Large European Network, Multicountry Branch Network and Core City Backbone. A total of seven products/ services are rated as part of the use cases, including Ethernet Services, SIP Trunks and Managed MPLS VPNs.

Colt’s overall product score in the Gartner report was 4.13 out of 5. Specific ratings were as follows:

  • Midsized European Network – Colt was rated a 4.10 out of 5 in this use case
  • Large European Network – Colt was rated a 4.13 out of 5 in this use case
  • Multicountry Branch Network – Colt was rated a 3.99 out of 5 in this use case
  • Core City Backbone – Colt was rated a 4.54 out of 5 in this use case

The company’s recognition in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services research is the latest in a series of recent recognition and awards. Colt has recently won the MEF Ethernet excellence awards for the tenth consecutive year, celebrating success in seven categories. It was also awarded the Light Reading Leading Lights Awards 2014 in the ‘Most Innovative Ethernet Service’ and the Network Virtualisation Industry Awards 2014 in the ‘Operator of the Year’ category.

This follows a year of continued investment and expansion of Colt’s network, focusing on connecting key business hubs where bandwidth-intensive industries are based, including media, capital markets and professional services. Colt has a strong Western European network footprint and recently announced expansions to its long-distance network in Ireland, the Iberian Peninsula, Northern Europe and the Netherlands as well as two more POPs in the U.K. and a new MAN in Genoa, Italy.

Recent Colt customer announcements include European broadcaster EUROVISION, trivago, the London Metal Exchange and the International Berlin Film Festival.

Gartner disclaimer

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform, delivering integrated network, data centre, voice and IT services. Customers include 17 out of the top 25 global media companies and over half of both the global financial services and telecom companies (Forbes 1000 list 2013). In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European National Central Banks (NCBs). Colt operates in 28 countries across Europe, Asia and in the U.S. with connections into over 200 cities globally and metropolitan area networks in 47 cities. Colt operates 22 carrier-neutral data centres in Europe and 7 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Colt recently completed the acquisition of KVH, an integrated managed IT infrastructure and communications services business, with headquarters in Tokyo and operations in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.
Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

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1Gartner, Critical Capabilities Report for Pan-European Network Services, Neil Rickard and Katja Rudd, 14 January 2015.

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