Over in Europe, Colt finished up the first of several network expansion projects this week. They’ve unveiled a second high capacity route between London and Dublin.
The new route passes through Manchester, complementing the one they built two years back via Wales and Birmingham. The prior one passed over the new CeltixConnect cable system of Sea Fibre Networks, I wonder what route they took this time. The new path across the Irish Sea covers some 394km and adds some 4.2Tbps of potential capacity to their network.
Colt also has new rings being assembled elsewhere in Europe. Down in the Iberian peninsula they are hooking up Portugal. In the Netherlands they have a ring planned from Amsterdam down to Roosendaal and Endhoven. And in Scandanavia they will be adding both a fiber ring within Denmark and one up to Stockholm and Oslo.
These organic expansion plans seem like a different path than the consolidation everyone is expecting more of over in Europe, as Colt probably could have expanded its footprint in one or more of these areas through inorganic means if they tried. I’ve wondered what Colt’s ultimate destiny is more than once, and they could still wind up on either side of the consolidation table at some point. But it’s nice to see them adding fiber and new markets to their network.
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