Colt Technology Services has announced plans to upgrade its subsea capabilities and to add network assets in North America. The pan-European and Asian regional operator is going to increase its capabilities in the USA and Canada.
The first step is to upgrade the company’s transatlantic, transpacific, and intra-Asian subsea capacity, putting multiple new 100Gbps links in place. Then on the terrestrial side, Colt plans to add 13 new markets to the Colt IQ Network. They’ll be operating out of key data centers in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Ashburn, Newark, New York, Boston, and Toronto. Of course Colt already has a minimal presence in the US, reaching the three markets of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, so that’s a net of 10 new markets or so.
The subsea upgrades and terrestrial expansion are scheduled to be completed in the ‘first part’ of 2018. Presumably they are starting that terrestrial expansion at the wavelength level. But if they are serious about a US footprint, maybe they will be bidding on the Level 3 intercity fiber divestitures.
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