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Colt adds VoIP optimization and IPv6 support to its SD-WAN service

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In its quest to deliver more comprehensive next-generation enterprise networks, the UK-based Colt Technology Services has launched two new features underpinned by its SD-WAN platform, VoIP optimization and support for IPv6. The company is an innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), running its Colt IQ Network that now connects more than 900 data centers across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs with over 29,000 on-net locations.


In a statement, the operator said that these new features address the shift in network demand that businesses around the world are currently experiencing, as many have to adapt to the new standards of mass remote working and having additional devices connecting to their already stretched networks. This coronavirus-induced shift to remote working means that enterprises now have a significantly increased demand for VoIP-enabled networking products.


Peter Coppens, Vice President of Product Portfolio at Colt Technology Services, said, “As enterprises around the world adjust to this new way of working, they require networks and products that can adapt as quickly as they are having to. These new SD-WAN capabilities will help businesses stay connected during this time, as well as help them future-proof their networks for the months and years ahead.”


With an SD-WAN-enabled VoIP network, businesses can optimize their network and voice infrastructure for an improved virtual meeting experience. Colt’s SD-WAN solution identifies mission-critical VoIP traffic from VoIP applications traversing a customer’s network, and prioritizes this traffic to increase reliability and performance. Colt noted that when paired with Colt SIP Trunking, their solution can offer VoIP optimization with Mean Opinion Score (MOS) based dynamic traffic management at no additional cost.


Furthermore, Colt said that it was one of the first network service providers to offer an SD-WAN solution that includes global support for IPv6 addresses. All devices joining an enterprise network need a unique IP address, and the number of IPv4 addresses is limited. To overcome this issue, the Colt SD-WAN with dual IPv4 and IPv6 stack support gives customers the flexibility to design their WANs with IPv4 today, while future-proofing their networks and avoiding the costly expenses when making the switch to IPv6 later.


“At Colt, we have taken great pride in doing all that we can to keep our customers connected during this unprecedented time, and these offerings are a further extension of that drive to enable customers’ digital transformations, regardless of how quickly they have had to shift focus,” said Peter Coppens.

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