Colt Telecom offers Europe-wide Ethernet service

Enterprises seeking to build their own wide area Ethernet networks across Europe will find support in a new offering from Colt Telecom Group PLC.

Colt has introduced two new services, EuroLANLink and CityLANLink, designed to allow enterprises to build their own end-to-end international networks based on Ethernet technology, the company said Wednesday in a statement.

Under the new service, enterprises can connect their LANs to Colt’s long distance network in Europe and metropolitan networks in 32 major business cities using Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) technology, the company said.

While many of Colt’s new customers request IP virtual private network (VPN) service, a large number still wish to build their own easy-to-use Ethernet networks, the London company said.

By connecting their LANs to Colt’s wide area network, enterprises will be able to simplify network management, reduce customer premise equipment (CPE) costs and easily add bandwidth if necessary, Colt said.

Customers will be able to request and upgrade bandwidth at levels of 2Mbps, 4Mbps, 6Mbps, 10Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps, Colt said.

Colt owns a 20,000km network that directly connects over 9,000 buildings in 32 cities in 13 countries, with an additional 27 points of presence across Europe, including one in New York, according to the statement.