Colt, an international network and ICT provider, has announced a major revamp of its advanced fibre optic network, together with extensive Layer 2 network expansion in Japan. This will allow for high-bandwidth services with speeds ranging from 10Gbps up to 100Gbps on mass scale, with greater routes and diversity.
The phased expansion of both available services and coverage areas is expected to commence in January 2017.
Increased Network Traffic
The overhaul has been driven by the continued growth of network traffic manifesting in the form of video streaming, cloud services, smartphone market penetration and other data-rich consumption channels.
Industries such as fintech are also seeing the creation of new business models arising from the digitisation of operations. The next generation of data-hungry mobile networking also looms, with 5G rollouts due in 2020. New technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things are generating far greater pools of information, which in turn will create significant pressure on the ICT industry to provide equally greater infrastructure to handle them.
Cloud service providers, financial organisations, content distributors, and even ISPs all increasingly require backbone networks with greater reliability, higher capacity, and speeds greater than 10Gbps.
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Lower High-Bandwidth Costs
In addition, in recent years there has been a drop in high-bandwidth costs, along with a business-wide adoption of high-bandwidth networks. Colt is thus moving swiftly with the revamp in order to provide immediate response to the predicted increase in network traffic and subsequent market-generated demand.
Colt’s fibre-optic and L2 network enhancements will further boost the company’s ability to serve from its established strengths – ultra-low-latency, high quality, and burstability.
Service Expansion Details are as follows:
Colt Leased Line Service (Fibre Optic Network)
- Added service availability in metro area networks with speeds up to 100Gbps and quick service initiation
- Multi-route diversity for protected connectivity between Tokyo and Osaka, and between cable stations (Chikura and Maruyama) and metro area networks
- 50% increase in number of POPs (including both data centre and other nodes)
- Service launch: January 2017 (sequential addition of coverage areas)
etherXEN (L2 Network)
- Increase in etherXEN service areas offering bandwidth up to 10Gbps
- Backbone capacity expandability up to 100Gbps with high-bandwidth services available on short lead times
- Service launch: 2017 Q2
Finance Magnates last reported on Colt’s expanding capabilities earlier this month after it announced that it had commenced construction of its second data centre on the grounds of Tokyo Data Centre 2 (TDC2) which is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2017.