Colt appoints Vice President of Network Engineering
Colt reinforces leadership in Network with new VP appointment to focus on Colt IQ Network investment
London, 30 August 2017 – Colt Technology Services today announces an expanded leadership team for the Network organisation. Randolph Nicklas joins Colt as VP Network Engineering, reporting directly to Chief Technology Officer Rajiv Datta, Nicklas will be responsible for driving technology innovation across the next-generation Colt IQ Network as part of Colt’s €500m, three-year investment plan.
Nicklas will take on the strategy and architecture planning, solution design and implementation, and asset management across all of Colt’s network platforms, including optical, packet and voice services.
Nicklas joins Colt with twenty-five years’ experience as an engineer and executive with industry leaders including Cisco, MCI, XO Communications and Windstream Communications amongst others. During his tenure in the telecom industry Nicklas has helped develop and implement technologies such as packet switching and optical transport. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
“Colt’s history of developing and deploying new network technologies, as well as its significant network investments all over the world, makes it an exciting time to join the company,” said Nicklas. “I look forward to working closely with the leadership team, bringing my skills and experience to a growing global network.”
“Enterprise connectivity continues to evolve, as the movement of data to cloud and hybrid environments drives the need for significant high-bandwidth interconnection,” said Rajiv Datta, Chief Technology Officer, Colt. “Randy’s appointment will ensure that the Colt IQ Network is primed to help our customers make this critical shift, while maintaining an exceptional user experience. His extensive experience will allow us to maintain a competitive advantage by bringing together our data centre networking scale and performance, impressive fibre footprint, and the agility of our award-winning services.”
Colt aims to be the leader in enabling customers’ digital transformation through agile and on-demand, high bandwidth solutions. The Colt IQ Network connects over 800 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 25,000 on-net buildings and growing.
Colt has built its reputation on putting customers first. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 200 cities in nearly 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please visit www.colt.net.