Colt's partnership with Ciena

Powering next-generation services and digital transformation


Our partnership with Ciena

Formally established in 2016, the partnership has seen the continuing deployment of Ciena’s optical technology across Colt’s network. First applied throughout Europe and Asia, Ciena’s technology, combined with Colt’s network capability, paves the way for a high capacity, programmable network, servicing key markets. Colt’s network upgrade in North America also extends this potential into thirteen major telecoms and cloud hub cities in the US and Canada.

Our combined value

Colt and Ciena work together to raise industry standards, to service the high bandwidth demands of the future, and facilitate pioneering levels of network-to-network inter-operability.


Taking the IQ Network to the next level

See our infographic highlighting how Colt & Ciena are working together to continuously improve the Colt IQ Network and to build for a high bandwidth future.



Colt & Ciena: Raising the bar

Colt and Ciena have come together to raise industry standards by forming a partnership, which services high bandwidth demands of the future, and facilitates pioneering levels of network to network interoperability.



The Colt network

Our network connects 1,100+ data centres across Europe, Asia and North America's largest business hubs, with over 32,000 on-net buildings and counting.


Transforming networks together

Working in conjunction with Ciena, we have increased our network capacity four-fold to 400Gpbs, to empower you to meet the data requirements of next-generation applications and services.

Colt & Ciena have won an MEF Proof of Concept Award along with technology partners AT&T, Orange, Amdocs & Fujitsu. This partnership breaks new ground in the telecoms space – underlining the feasibility of interoperability between network operators unwilling to be constrained by their own physical footprint.

Colt and Ciena’s mutual commitment to the provision of customer controlled high bandwidth solutions now and into the future, alongside their forward thinking approach to interoperability, marks the partnership out within the industry.

About us

Our combined expertise in building agile, hyperconnected and high-performance hybrid architectures provides enterprises with secure solutions that are easy to manage, flexible and scale with you to meet the growing needs of your business.


Ciena is a networking systems, services, and software company. We're driven by a relentless pursuit of network innovation—enabling our customers to adapt within ever-changing environments to deliver richer, more connected experiences for their business and users.

We’re Colt, the global digital infrastructure company that delivers extraordinary connections with genuine care. We bring together amazing people, intelligent networks and like-minded partners on a global scale to create solutions that put the power of the digital universe in the hands of our customers. The Colt network provides digital infrastructure on your terms and enables the services that keep your business running. We want the world’s leading businesses to choose to connect with us and we do that by providing an incredible customer experience.

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