Over in the UK, Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) announced a substantial footprint expansion in Italy. The company has long been in Rome, Milan, and Turin, but has lately added 1,600 route kilometers to bring the cities of Bologna, Genoa, and Parma directly onto their fiber network. That will improve latency and resilience for the company’s customers in those cities, who presumably were connected via leased capacity prior to now.
They don’t have metro rings in those cities yet of course, but I was interested to learn from that same press release that they did recently open a new MAN up in Luxembourg, which gives them 39 in all. Colt’s 17,000 on-net buildings have long been one of the highlights of alternative infrastructure in Europe, especially when you think of them spread over just 39 markets – implying an average of 435+ per market.
That seems like a solid platform for some fiber M&A, but the game is quite different across the Atlantic, and Colt has been focusing its efforts on the financial sector and on cloud computing of late.
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