Colt and Ciena: Taking the IQ Network to the next level

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Transforming networks together

Formally established in 2016, the partnership has seen the continuing deployment of Ciena’s optical technology across Colt’s IQ 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 recent network upgrade in North America also extends this potential into thirteen major telecoms and cloud hub cities in the US and Canada.

Working in conjunction with Ciena, we're increasing 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Colt IQ Network

The Colt IQ Network connects 900+ data centres across Europe, Asia and North America's largest business hubs, with over 29,000 on-net buildings and growing.

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.

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.

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