Colt seen as growing threat in Ethernet market


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September 08, 2016 – Colt Technology Services has been recognised for its dominance in the global Ethernet market and is now threatening the current market leader, according to the Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2016 Global Provider Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.

Colt has taken silver for the second time in a row, pipping providers such as BT Global Services, AT&T and Verizon to the post and putting Orange Business’s leadership under increasing pressure.

According to Vertical Systems, Colt is becoming a bigger threat as it extends its presence outside of Europe and into Asia, in the wake of the acquisition of Japan’s KVH in 2014, giving it immediate access to key Asian markets.

“Colt has been expanding, particularly in Asia,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “The service provider moved up to third position ahead of BT Global at the end of 2015 and is now second to Orange.”

The leaderboards are industry benchmarks for measuring Ethernet Service Provider market presence based on billable retail port installations. The qualifying metric, set by the data network service researcher, was to have a four per cent, or higher, share of billable retail ports at sites outside the service provider’s home countries.

“2016 is the beginning of a technological transformation of global Ethernet services, as carriers worldwide enhance offerings enabled by SDN, NFV and LSO,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Winning providers will be those that best utilise these technologies to improve service agility, cost control and deployment speed.”

Joachim Sinzig , VP Portfolio Management at Colt, said: “It is an honour to be recognised as a global leader, especially twice in succession. Such recognition is the result of almost 25 years of heavy investment in our network footprint, creating a seamless network across three continents to date. We’re also leading the adoption of cutting edge technologies such as SDN, giving our customers access to high-capacity bandwidth on demand, allowing them to flex both their network usage and expenditure in line with their demands.”

Colt takes second place in global Ethernet leaderboard
Colt takes second place in global Ethernet leaderboard

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