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Connecting Hong Kong to the World

Telecommunications and data centre services company Colt Technology Services upgrades fibre optic network in Hong Kong as part of its plan to expand in Asia

Colt Technology Services is a global telecommunications and data centre services company. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in London, the company has offices across Europe, North America and Asia, serving some of the top telecom and media companies in the world.

Connecting Hong Kong to the World

The company has recently expanded its network in Hong Kong by launching its high-bandwidth Colt IQ Network, which is a part of an ongoing investment project in Asia. This 100Gbps network is optimised with software defined network (SDN) capabilities which currently connects over 700 data centres in 28 countries and 49 metro area networks around the globe, with over 24,500 on-net buildings.

The Hong Kong expansion of Colt IQ Network, comprising both Optical and Ethernet architecture, will provide connectivity to major commercial office buildings in the central business district area.

“Hong Kong is a very important market because of its strategic location and presence in Asia”, said Paul Stanley, Regional Director APAC. “With our investment in Asia going forward, Hong Kong is a natural step for us, allowing access to the major business areas within the region.“

“We will continue to expand and will have a EUR 500 million investment globally over the next five years. No doubt there will be further investment in Asia.” Stanley remarked.
In shortly five years, Colt’s Hong Kong office has expanded from a sales-focused branch to a full-scale international office which has all the key business functions such as sales & marketing, products, operation, technical engineering, and finance departments in the house. Most of the team members in the Hong Kong office are locals, especially in the technical engineering team.

“The talent pool in Hong Kong is one of the reasons why we came here,” Stanley said. “It is broad and globally savvy. Having such a talent pool at the doorstep is great for our business.”

During Colt’s setup and expansion in Hong Kong, InvestHK has provided networking opportunities and publicity support to the company. Stanley commended that InvestHK has helped enhance Colt’s brand awareness in the local market. “Even though we are a global company, we also try to be regional and local,” Stanley said, “partners such as InvestHK is incredibly important to us.”

Coming from the UK and having worked and lived in Tokyo and Chicago, Stanley enjoys both his work and leisure life in Hong Kong. “I think cycling here is amazing. It only takes ten minutes to get away from the crowd,” he said. Stanley also finds Hong Kong internationally friendly, and is easy for him to integrate into the life here. “I can’t remember an occasion that I can’t find what I need,” he enthused.

Friday, July 7, 2017

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  • A multinational telecommunications and data centre services company established in London in 1992
  • Currently has all the key business functions in the Hong Kong office
  • A EUR 500 million global investment plan in the next five years with focus in its expansion in Asia

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