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Friday, 06 October 2017 01:03

Colt deploys Ciena platform to drive APAC network expansion

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UK-headquartered telecoms and data centre services company Colt Technology Services is deploying Ciena’s 6500 converged packet optical platform to expand its network across the Asia Pacific region.

The deployment on the Colt IQ Network began in September and will support Colt’s growth across key Asia Pacific markets, including Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The deal will see Ciena’s 6500, powered by WaveLogic Ai, support the Colt IQ Network expansion across the Asia-Pacific region, which Colt says allows it to more efficiently deliver ultra-high bandwidth services and manage unpredictable traffic growth.

Colt will also leverage Ciena’s unified management solution, designed to provide greater network control across domains and network layers, reducing troubleshooting and ensuring efficient use of resources.

Colt says the Ciena deployment will also help strengthen intercontinental connections into Europe.

“This investment further reinforces Colt’s commitment to the Asia Pacific region. Many companies are looking to transform their digital infrastructure and Colt’s high-bandwidth services are designed to meet the ever-growing demand from enterprises for fast, secure and reliable direct connectivity to markets around the world,” said Kenji Hioki, Asia CCO and regional executive, Colt.

“Our expansions in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan enable the region’s businesses to power their competitiveness and growth while future-proofing their connectivity needs.”

According to Gary Smith, president and chief executive, Ciena, Asia Pacific businesses are under “increasing pressure to evolve their networks to support web-scale applications and cloud-based services”.

“Leading operators like Colt are taking steps to help address this need by deploying new innovations that allow them to not only scale their networks, but add more programmability so that they can automatically adjust to meet changing user demands,” Smith said.

Colt recently marked the expansion of its metro area network in Singapore as well as the start of construction of the company’s newest metro area network in Hong Kong.

And Colt says that, once completed, its Singapore metro area network expansion is expected to offer carrier-grade connectivity of up to 100Gbps with coverage to more than 90% of Singapore’s enterprises.

Similarly, Colt notes that Hong Kong metro area network brings high-bandwidth capabilities to Hong-Kong based enterprises and SMEs and MNCs in a variety of industries would be able to connect to both domestic and global markets quickly and securely through a single provider.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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