The Colt and Getlink agreement will bring new dark fibre and data services to the Channel Tunnel for the first time in a generation , deploying the latest connectivity technology between the UK and mainland Europe .
Colt Technology Services and Getlink have announced a 25- year contract , which will see Colt install its IQ Network through the Channel Tunnel , allowing a transfer capacity of several Terabits per second per fibre pair .
This agreement will generate a minimum of € 185 million over the period for Getlink , with more than a third secured over the first five years . Colt will carry out the installation and entire operation of the IQ Network in accordance with the Channel Tunnel ’ s safety and security regulations , while Getlink will be responsible for
maintenance . Colt will fully commercialise Getlink ’ s Channel Tunnel optic fibre and increase Getlink ’ s internal telecoms capacity – a unique subsea infrastructure and connectivity route that has never seen downtime .
The quality of the asset will allow the customers to benefit from span diversity .
The Colt IQ Network is a 100Gbps optimised , high bandwidth and low latency network that connects over 900 data centres and over 29,000 on net buildings globally .
The contracts for dark fibre installed in the Tunnel in 1998 will progressively expire until 2025 and Colt will take over their operation . The significant increase in bandwidth between the UK and mainland Europe will help meet the high growth in data traffic expected by 2025 , making the Channel Tunnel a vital link
The future potential of the tunnel connectivity is significant and it ’ s an exciting time for the wider telco industry as we continue to leverage the power of relationships to drive Digital Transformation and move towards the digital future .” ◊
THERE IS A GROWING DEMAND FOR BANDWIDTH BETWEEN THE UK AND MAINLAND EUROPE , WHICH WILL ONLY INCREASE IN THE COMING YEARS .
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