Colt has consolidated its position on the Vertical Systems Global Ethernet Leaderboard, holding second spot thanks to continued network expansion and customer growth in Europe, Asia and the US.
Colt sits in second place on the Leaderboard, behind AT&T and ahead of CenturyLink, BT Global Services, Orange Business, Verizon and NTT. The Colt IQ Network connects over 27,500 buildings and more than 900 data centres, with recent expansions into Australia, Eastern Europe Japan and adding more fibre in Berlin and Dublin. This recognition further highlights Colt’s challenger culture, with the organisation striving to be the most customer-oriented business in the industry, being able to offer its high bandwidth, agile network wherever customers require it.
Something that set Colt apart is its MEF certification, which is recognised as a market differentiator for Ethernet providers and a foundation of the MEF 3.0 framework for advanced services. Colt is one of the companies on the Leaderboard to boast MEF CE 2.0 certification and in June, Colt and AT&T completed the first successful application of MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Sonata APIs, allowing business customers to order services across multiple carriers virtually seamlessly. This means that AT&T can now place automated orders for Colt’s Ethernet Services using MEF’s LSO Sonata APIs. This enables AT&T to validate site addresses, check service availability, get a quote, and place automated orders on Colt’s network. Another benefit of this intercarrier interoperability is the fact that services can be delivered in near real-time, which benefits both buyers and sellers of telecom services.
The industry benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, the Global Provider Leaderboard ranks companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.
“Network providers serving multinational enterprises continue to actively expand their Ethernet coverage globally. Customer demand for T1/E1 conversions and new Ethernet DIA connections are igniting growth in both existing and emerging markets. In response, providers are seeking more local partnerships to broaden their service delivery footprints.”
Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group