Colt has been busy adding some fiber to its diet in the eastern hemisphere. They are in the process of building a metro footprint in Singapore and have begun the buildout of a new metro network in Hong Kong.
When complete, Colt says its Singapore expansion will be able to reach 90% of the nation-city’s enterprise base. They didn’t give a target for Hong Kong, but they’ll surely be taking aim at the same sort of customers. Colt also has metro reach in the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Maybe the next targt will be Seoul?
Of course Colt has 25K on-net buildings across its network footprint worldwide, but most of that metro depth lies in its pan-European footprint. The expansion is part of a renewed global investment plan that will put €200 toward further network development in the full year 2017.
For a long, long time I thought Colt’s destiny was to eventually be merged into the Level 3 world. That could still happen of course after the CenturyLink/Level 3 merger is complete, but the international intentions of the combined company seem less clear to me thus far and Colt has been charting a more independent course as well.
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