Colt is Europe’s information delivery platform, enabling its customers to share, process and store their vital business information.
Colt provides major organisations, midsize businesses and wholesale customers with a powerful resource that combines network and IT infrastructure with expertise in IT managed services, networking and communication solutions.
Colt operates a 13-country, 25,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 34 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 16,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres.
We enable our customers to deliver, share, process and store vital business information by bringing together 3 key elements:
- Pioneering European Ethernet and IP networks that seamlessly connects over 100 cities and achieves the industry’s highest standards in performance, latency and security.
- Significant IT infrastructure and services across Europe, with 19 state-of-the-art data centres with tens of thousands of devices under management.
- Extensive expertise in creating integrated IT managed services, networking and communication solutions.
We combine these three elements with award winning customer service to create a single end-to-end customer resource. Colt is the only company that can do this on a truly pan-European basis.
Whether working directly with customers or alongside partners we make a real difference by helping business to reduce capital costs, increase flexibility and control.
Colt began in 1992 with funding from Fidelity Investments. Within a year we’d completed 15 km of our London network, and been granted a PTO licence so that we could offer voice and transmission services. We soon had our very first customer.
We then signed various interconnect agreements and by 1995 had completed the initial phase of our network in London’s West End. That meant we could compete for business amongst the vibrant media, advertising and broadcasting community located in that area. We won more and more customers and by 1996 Colt was floated on the London Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. We opened for business in Frankfurt, and gained our licence to operate in France.
Our European expansion continued as we raised new capital, won many awards, and began to work in Spain, Switzerland, and deepen our presence in France and Germany.
As of today, we are Europe’s leading information delivery platform, with over 35,000 European business and government customers. We have the fastest end-to-end European Ethernet network, seamlessly connecting over 100 cities. We also own and operate 19 state-of-the-art data centres.
At Colt, we continue to invest heavily in our ability to deliver integrated network and IT managed services. We have over 250 skilled experts, working across a broad range of technologies. We are also helping to lead industry standards and certification for cloud services.
Looking ahead, we are committed to constantly growing our ability to deliver solutions that make a real difference to our customers, and to underpin this with award-winning customer service.