Partnering with CityFibre to strengthen its metro network in key cities across the region
London, UK, 7 December, 2021 – Colt Technology Services has today announced that, in partnership with the UK’s largest independent Full Fibre platform, CityFibre, it is enhancing the reach of its UK metro network in eight regional cities across the UK; Leeds, Bristol, Slough, Bracknell, Reading, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The partnership with CityFibre enables Colt to use an innovative access model to connect commercial buildings as on net locations, supporting fully managed Colt services. The extended metro reach allows Colt customers full ‘on-demand’ capabilities in these cities and establishes Edinburgh and Glasgow as the 53rd and 54th Colt Metro Cities.
The intelligent Colt IQ Network comprises of 29,000 on net buildings and over 900 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, and enables customers to expand their businesses globally with Colt.
Robin Farnan, Colt’s EVP Operations and Engineering, said: “As a company, we are focused on improving both our reach and costs across the UK. Working with CityFibre to enhance our metro offering, customers can now connect from a building in Edinburgh or Glasgow to New York or Tokyo, entirely on Colt’s IQ Network, drawing on our world class on demand capability. Being able to deliver that kind of global service really puts us in a very strong position to help customers work and grow internationally.”
Andrew Wilson, Head of Wholesale at CityFibre, said: “With CityFibre’s Full Fibre network rapidly scaling to reach 8 million premises by 2025, our city networks unlock the potential for Colt to create its own differentiated value and a world-class network experience. The opportunity for customers within the UK, and Edinburgh and Glasgow particularly, is exciting and we’re thrilled to be working with Colt on driving this global ambition for the UK.”
Recognised as a Visionary in the Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Colt also received Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 European Customer Value Leadership Award. The company has industry-leading Net Promotor Scores (NPS), reflecting Colt employees’ high motivation.
Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity – taking what’s always been in its DNA to enable customers’ success. The Colt IQ Network connects more than 900+ data centres and over 29,000 on net buildings across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs.
Colt understands today’s shifting connectivity requirements and provides agile, on-demand and secure high bandwidth networking and voice solutions to ensure enterprises can thrive. Customers include data-intensive organisations spanning over 210 cities in more than 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 the sector, and because of this, it’s able to put its customers’ needs at its core. For more information, please visit https://colt.net.
CityFibre is the UK’s largest independent Full Fibre infrastructure platform. We provide digital infrastructure that enables our wholesale customers to provide ultra-fast, reliable and futureproof broadband, ethernet and 5G services to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, GPs surgeries and anything else that needs connecting.
We have a £4bn Full Fibre network rollout programme underway which is on track to serve up to a third of the UK by 2025; that’s 8m homes, 800k businesses, 400k local authority sites and 250k 5G access points. We’ve already announced 285 cities, towns and villages which will receive a transformational digital upgrade as part of our nationwide rollout.
As the nation’s only 100% Full Fibre wholesale network, CityFibre is trusted by major Internet Service Providers and mobile operators including TalkTalk, Three, Vodafone and Zen as we are actively supporting a new generation of smaller regional ISPs dedicated to delivering Full Fibre Broadband.
CityFibre is based in London and is owned by Antin Infrastructure Partners, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Mubadala Investment Company and Interogo Holding.