Sea Fibre Networks deal with Colt opens a gateway to Europe

10 Jan 2012

The CeltixConnect UK-Ireland fibre cable being deployed from Dublin last month

Sea Fibre Networks, the owner of brand new UK-Ireland fibre network CeltixConnect, has signed a deal with European telco Colt to connect Colt to its low-latency network.

The deal also connects CeltixConnect to Colt’s London and pan-European network.

“Colt is a highly regarded provider with phenomenal pan-European reach and a focus on low latency which the CeltixConnect infrastructure delivers,” said Diane Hodnett, Sea Fibre Networks’ CEO.

The new fibre network will more than double the existing data capacity between Ireland and the UK, supporting the explosion of online media.

Just fewer than 3m photos can be uploaded per second on each fibre pair and the network can carry the equivalent of 173 days worth of uploading pictures online in one second.

The ability to transport data from Ireland across Europe on a high fibre count network will further support the massive digital services industry in Ireland.

“The CeltixConnect sea cable will enable Colt to benefit from the lowest-latency route between Dublin and London and represents the continued expansion of our information delivery platform’s capabilities throughout Europe,” said François Eloy, executive vice-president of Colt Communications Services.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years