Colt expands its metro footprint in France with the addition of 3 key cities and new routes to support businesses both locally and globally

  • This latest expansion extends Colt’s global footprint with Hybrid On Net solution in France, which includes new Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) in Bordeaux, Lille and Toulouse

Paris, France, 16 October 2023 – Colt Technology Services (Colt) today announced that it has expanded the reach of its French Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lille through the innovative Hybrid On Net solution. This solution enables Colt to offer its customers an extended fiber network that partially uses the passive dark fiber of selected metro suppliers, providing enterprises with high-performance, reliable, and secure network services from multiple locations in France and beyond. This strategic network expansion in France marks a major milestone for the company and completes Colt’s existing MANs coverage in key French cities like Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, densifying its footprint in six major hubs across France.

Colt also completes the deployment of new Colt IQ Network routes between Paris-Bordeaux, Paris-Toulouse-Zaragoza-Madrid and Paris-Lille-Brussels-Amsterdam. With these new routes, Colt will reinforce the repositioning of France as a key European hub in Europe. These achievements in the Colt backbone pave the way for 100G/400G/Spectrum services to be extended to these 3 major French cities and beyond, to neighbouring countries such as Belgium or Spain, also key investment focus countries to Colt.

As the worldwide need for bandwidth continues to surge, and a growing number of enterprises depend on cloud-hosted infrastructure, organisations are increasingly seeking versatile connectivity solutions to guarantee dependable and secure access to their data and applications.

Colt’s expanded regional presence will better position it to support organisations and enterprises in their digital transformation journeys. The new routes between France and Spain and between France, Belgium, and the Netherlands will provide customers with high-speed, low-latency connectivity between France and other major European cities. Driven by its deep commitment to its customers, Colt continues to push boundaries, drive innovation and extend its global reach, spanning more than 31,000 on net buildings and over 1,000 data centres.

We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our footprint in France,” said Keri Gilder, CEO of Colt Technology Services. “ This expansion is part of our ongoing commitment to enabling digital evolution and transforming the way the world works through the power of connectivity. We are committed to being the digital infrastructure company that helps our customers unlock unprecedented opportunities to expand their digital footprint and achieve their diverse objectives. These new deployments in France significantly boost our ability to delivers extraordinary connections based on our intelligent Colt IQ Network, providing enterprises with the best network for the best experience.”

Colt is expanding its presence in France by connecting to new local data centers, such as the Colt presence in the Fullsave Datacenter in Toulouse, the Oxya Datacenter in Lille, PAR 8-11 and PAR12 in Paris, and the Thésée Datacenter in Aubergenville. Colt is investing heavily in the Greater Paris digital hub, where some of these data centers are located, to provide businesses with the connectivity they need to succeed.

Over the past 2 years, Colt has announced the significant expansion of its Colt IQ Network in Germany, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Poland and in the UK.

 About Colt Technology Services

 Colt Technology Services (Colt) is a global digital infrastructure company which creates extraordinary connections to help businesses succeed. Powered by amazing people and like-minded partners, Colt  is driven by its purpose: to put the power of the digital universe in the hands of its customers, wherever, whenever and however they choose.

Since 1992, Colt has set itself apart through its deep commitment to its customers, growing from its heritage in the City of London to more than 60 offices around the world. The powerful Colt IQ Network connects 222 cities and 32 countries with more than 1000 data centres, 51 Metropolitan Area Networks and over 31,000 buildings across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs. Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in the sector.

Obsessed with delivering industry-leading customer experience, Colt is guided by its dedication to customer innovation, by its values and its responsibility to its customers, partners, people and planet. For more information, please visit


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