Pan-European network operator Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) is bolstering its network assets in the British Isles, according to an announcement this morning. They are buying fiber capacity on the new CeltixConnect cable launched by Sea Fibre Networks (news) just last month.
CeltixConnect's 72 fiber pairs cover the 131km between Dublin and the northern coast of Wales, enabling the lowest latency connection between London and Dublin according to the two companies. From the Welsh coast, the cable connects to Manchester via the Fibrespeed network, which is an asset I had not run into before but which I have now added to my network maps archives.
Colt is quite active in the low latency space of course, and Dublin is one of those cities for whom such ultra-low latency connectivity matters, although of course the London-Frankfurt route is still the big one. Colt has been churning in place for years, with a growing data business replacing declining voice revenues. If it weren't for the economic turmoil in Europe overall, I think they might be starting to finally show the benefit of that huge pan-European metro presence they've got.
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