Colt will expand its metro area networks in Singapore and Hong Kong this year, as part of its plans to grow in Asia over the next three years.

The network expansion will include both optical and Ethernet networks, and will see Colt wiring up major buildings and data centers across Asia to deliver high-bandwidth services.

Colt Tokyo Data Centre 2 (TDC2) in Inzai, Chiba
Colt Tokyo Data Centre 2 (TDC2) in Inzai, Chiba – Colt Data Center Services

Growing in April

The investments are slated to begin in Singapore in April, with Hong Kong and other Asian cities to follow in 2017. This will revolve around a series of initiatives that include a large-scale expansion of existing coverage, provisioning of high-bandwidth capacity, and new digging projects for next-generation fiber.

In addition, Colt says it will add submarine cable routes to its backbone and increase core resiliency to further boost the reliability of its network.

“Last year, Colt demonstrated its commitment to delivering high-bandwidth digital transformation to businesses in Asia that are global yet need local attention, through initiatives including the construction of the Japan National Network,” said Kenji Hioki, the chief commercial officer Asia at Colt.

“Today, we continue to build on that investment with our Singapore and Hong Kong expansions, which are designed to deliver the advantages of speed, security, and reliability to businesses looking to connect to markets in Asia and beyond,” he said.

Following this expansion, Colt claims that it will be the only provider to have fully-owned fiber metro networks in key Asian cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Singapore, as well as major European cities.

Once known as KVH, Colt Asia was acquired by Colt Group SA in 2015 as part of its strategy to enter the APAC ICT services market, in a deal worth ¥18.6 billion (€130m, $150m) that gave the latter access to KVH’s extensive fiber optic networks, data centers in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea.