Colt has been steadily expanding its network lately, both in terms of geographic reach and nextgen technology. This morning the company announced an expansion into EdgeConneX's edge data center footprint, and late last week unveiled plans to move into the uCPE market as well.
According to EdgeConneX this morning, the two companies are partnering up to bring Colt's IQ Network into several of the edge data center provider's facilities. They will start with EdgeConnex's European foothold in Amsterdam over in Colt's home turf, but have plans to do the same in several more. That will bring the two together in the US of course, where Colt not-coincidentally announced the launch of a new national network not two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Colt is deploying ADVA's Ensemble Connector as part of a new universal customer premises equipment solution. It's an open NFV platform that places a standard server with an enterprise customer that can then run SD-WAN, firewalls, and other virtual network functions orchestrated from the cloud. Colt has been very active in its use of new SDN and NFV technologies, and is now moving to turn that work into growth opportunities.
If you take the edge connectivity and uCPE plans together, the company's plan to take on the enterprise market seems pretty clear. But it still seems a bit light on North American network depth, perhaps there is room for some M&A on that front in Colt's future.
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