COLT delivers affordable bandwidth of up to 40Mbps over traditional telephone lines


COLT, a leading European provider of business communications has today announced it can deliver its full portfolio of services across 12 European countries with bandwidth of up to 40Mbps over standard telephone lines. The move is the latest development in COLT’s strategy to deliver high-speed, business-grade affordable bandwidth to its European small and medium sized customers.

COLT is the first provider to deliver high speeds of up to 40Mbps across its entire portfolio of Ethernet and IP services including internet access, VoIP services and interoffice networking services. SMEs that want high speed business-grade bandwidth but find fibre too expensive, can save up to 50% on the total cost.

Carl Robertson, Director SME Product and Marketing, COLT, said, “With these new services launched across Europe, we have significantly reduced the cost of entry to high speed bandwidth. Now our small and medium sized customers don’t need to invest in a fibre connection to the COLT network to enjoy the type of service usually only delivered to the larger enterprises.”

Customers in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden can realise the benefits of bandwidth up to 40Mbps and customers in Austria and Denmark up to 30Mbps. This bandwidth is available for download and uploads traffic simultaneously, which is key for business applications.

Carl Robertson added, “We have seen a significant increase in demand for high speed services as businesses look to invest in a best in class service that will deliver their critical applications securely. Within a year, we have significantly increased the amount of customer sites connected with our Ethernet over copper offering and we now serve over 1500 customer sites in Europe. This latest development will enable us to deliver even faster speeds and we expect this number to increase even more. Being able to deliver the benefits of high bandwidth without the price-tag of a fibre connection to the COLT network means our customers can get on with what they do best – which is to develop and advance their business.”

COLT will continue to invest in its broadband offering and maintains its commitment to lobbying for high speed bandwidth access via copper across Europe.

Notes to editors:

COLT can deliver the following speeds across Europe, without the need for fibre:

Up to 40Mbps: The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden
Up to 30Mbps: Austria and Denmark
Up to 20Mbps: France
Up to 12Mbps: Portugal
Up to 8Mbps: Italy

COLT is a four time winner of the Metro Ethernet Forum’s European Service Provider of the year award and winner of Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo Europe award 2009 for ‘Service Provider of the Year – Best Product Portfolio’ based on its Ethernet offering.

COLT has made a series of developments to its Ethernet services in the last year including expanding COLT-grade Ethernet to the USA to New York, Chicago, Boston and Newark. It is also using the latest Carrier Ethernet technology as the basis for its next generation network.

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