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Colt enlists Cisco to make its network ready for 5G backhaul

Fiber connectivity provider Colt Technology Services is partnering with Cisco to enhance its proposition for the emerging 5G backhaul and fronthaul market. Colt’s VP of products, Peter Coppens, said the operator was using Cisco technology, as well as equipment from optical vendor Ciena, to add more capability and flexibility to its Colt IQ Network, in anticipation of the needs of 5G MNOs. The Colt IQ Network connects more than 800 data centers and thousands of fiber-connected enterprises round the world, and the whole system is controlled by IQ Network software. First, Colt invested in Ciena equipment for optical upgrades, and it is now attending to the packet side of the network, working with Cisco. “We started with our historically dominant regions…

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