Colt to Extend Network Reach around London

Colt today announced it has extended its fibre network to Slough, Berkshire as part of its drive to address the growing telecoms and data centre needs of businesses located in the ‘doughnut’ around London.

Colt is now able to offer local businesses high speed telecoms and business continuity solutions within the Slough area as well as right across Europe using its fibre network that reaches 13 countries and more than 100 cities.

“For disaster recovery and regulatory compliance reasons, more and more central London-based organisations are opening data centre facilities around the M25 that are geographically separate from their main office,” said Detlef Spang, managing director, Colt UK. “We are seeing real demand for high bandwidth telecommunications and data centre services from both London-based organisations and local Thames Valley businesses. Our first Slough customers are already enjoying the high quality connectivity that we offer and we are going to be extending our fibre network to other locations around London in the next few months.”

With its new ‘Point of Presence’, Colt will be able to serve the 3,000 estimated businesses in Slough alone and will also provide connectivity for several other significant commercial areas including Langley Business Park, Langley Business Centre and Poyle Industrial Estate. Slough and the Thames Valley region are renowned in the UK region for the high percentage of high-tech companies, but they also enjoy a significant diversity of business that underlines the region’s reputation as a significant growth area in business.

In a survey conducted last year for Colt, 76% of businesses said they expect a secondary data centre to become a standard requirement for business continuity. Colt opened London 3, its largest facility in Europe, 10 miles north of 25 in December 2007 specifically to meet demand for third party data centres.