Colt climbs to second in Vertical System’s mid-2018 Global Ethernet Leaderboard


Colt has climbed to second on Vertical System Group’s Mid-Year 2018 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard, up from third at the end of 2017. Thanks to strong growth in Asia and expansion across Europe, Colt is now ahead of CenturyLink, Orange Business, BT Global Services, Verizon and NTT.

“It’s great to see Colt recognised for its market leading Ethernet services, now being further enhanced and delivered globally on the Colt IQ Network infrastructure,” said Peter Coppens, Vice President Product Portfolio, Colt Technology Services. “This year we have already made significant enhancements to our award-winning ethernet services, along with focusing heavily on high bandwidth Connectivity and ensuring we are connected to key partners within the public cloud environment.”

Colt’s connectivity now reaches beyond 850 data centres and 27,000 enterprise buildings internationally and the first half of the year saw Colt further extend its On Demand offering, launching the service in Hong Kong and Singapore in Q2, followed by expansion into North America in June. The US expansion connects 13 major telecoms and cloud hub cities in the US and Canada, including key data centres in Seattle, San Francisco, LA, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Ashburn, Newark, New York, Boston, and Toronto.

“Global service providers are responding to the challenges of providing their multinational customers with higher speed Ethernet connectivity to MPLS, SD-WAN and cloud services in dozens of key markets throughout the world,” said Rick Malone, principal at  Vertical Systems Group.

The Leaderboard is the industry’s benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranking companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries. Port counts include switched Ethernet, Ethernet Private Line (EPL), and Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) services, as well as Ethernet access to Cloud/Internet, MPLS and other VPNs.

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