Deutsche Telekom and Colt announce five-year partnership
London, Bonn, February 19, 2015 – Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) and Colt Technology Services have today announced a five-year partnership covering international telephony services. As part of this collaboration, Colt will use Deutsche Telekom’s network interconnects to complement its footprint, allowing it to expand and strengthen its portfolio of voice services for both wholesale and enterprise customers. Deutsche Telekom ICSS will have access to Colt’s comprehensive voice portfolio and extensive network in Europe, allowing it to better support its customers across Europe.
By joining forces, Colt and Deutsche Telekom benefit from lower network and voice termination costs outside their network footprint without the requirement of extensive investments, allowing them to address European enterprises’ increasing need for high-quality international voice services.
Richard Oosterom, Executive Vice President, Voice Services at Colt says, “A recent study commissioned by Colt, the Tech Deficit, showed that nearly eight out of nine enterprises recognize that their voice and communications infrastructure has to evolve to keep up with business demands. At the same time, we see an increasing demand for services from enterprise customers that require support not only in one country, but in several countries in Europe and beyond. Collaborating with Deutsche Telekom ICSS allows us shorten the time to expand and strengthen our offering and with considerably less risk than doing it by ourselves from the ground up, enabling us to better meet the requirements of our customers and retain our leadership position in the European telecoms market.”
Holger Magnussen, Senior Vice President of International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) at Deutsche Telekom says: “We are excited to work with Colt within our International Partnering program. We will be leveraging the significant investment ICSS has already made in our next-generation voice platform, systems and people for the benefit of our respective customer bases. Working together means that we can improve our existing offering for the benefit of our customers. It also presents a great opportunity to collaborate on new products to attract new customers who might not have had us on their radar before. We’re looking forward to seeing how the partnership will propel the growth of both companies in the European market.”
Colt is the information delivery platform, delivering integrated network, data centre, voice and IT services. Customers include 18 of the top 25 bank and diversified financial groups and 19 out of the top 25 companies in both global media and telecoms industries (Forbes 2000 list, 2014). In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks. Colt operates in 28 countries across Europe, Asia and in the U.S. with connections into over 200 cities globally and metropolitan area networks in 47 cities. Colt operates 22 carrier-neutral data centres in Europe and 7 in the Asia-Pacific region. Colt recently completed the acquisition of KVH, an integrated managed IT infrastructure and communications services business, with headquarters in Tokyo and operations in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.
For further information, see http://www.colt.net
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 142 million mobile customers, 31 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2013). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has approximately 229,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 60.1 billion in the 2013 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany.
For further information, see http://www.telekom.com/home
About International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS)
International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) is one of the world's leading carriers and an innovation driver for IP-based solutions. As an integral part of Deutsche Telekom’s International Wholesale Business unit, ICSS serves the international wholesale requirements of the DT Group with its international affiliates and more than 860 external customers worldwide. One of the units’ core competencies is to focus on building business partnerships around the globe. With years of experience in the international wholesale communication market, ICSS has the expertise to provide clients with tailor-made solutions. The innovative technologies are offered on a global basis with a special emphasis on Europe. The cutting-edge offerings of ICSS include the following business segments: Internet & Content, Mobile World, Carrier Enterprise Services, Global Capacity and Global Voice.