In 2018, we at Colt launched our IQ Boardroom initiative for the first time across a number of major European cities. The forum saw leading executives from throughout the technology space come together to discuss industry trends and their potential impact on business and society. After the success of last year’s series, we are relaunching the IQ Boardroom in 2019 – be sure to look out for an event near you in the coming months!
The IQ Boardroom wasn’t the only thing that kept us busy at Colt in 2018. Network expansions in North America, Eastern Europe, Dublin and Berlin saw the footprint of the IQ Network extended in line with the needs of our customers. Notable SDN launches also took place across Asia Pacific and North America.
We once again demonstrated our taste for innovation in leading a number of blockchain Proof of Concepts alongside fellow members of the ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF); proving the viability of the technology for efficiently settling voice transactions between multiple carriers. Partnerships were also struck with leading cloud service providers in IBM, Google and Oracle, as we look to enhance our cloud connectivity offering.
With 2018 now behind us, the new year holds much promise for ourselves, as well as our customers and partners. We kicked the year off by announcing the launch of our Intelligent Communications proposition, which combines the transformational power of Microsoft’s suite of products with Colt’s award-winning telephony services and high bandwidth cloud connectivity. We hope this will be just the start of many exciting announcements to come in 2019.
We believe the coming year will be a critical turning point for a number of significant developments within the technology industry; particularly the Internet of Things (IoT), ‘Software-defined Everything’, 5G and customer-centricity via intelligent networking. More so than ever, networks will become increasingly more vital to successful business operations, and we at Colt are excited by the challenge of enabling our customers to manage their digital transformation journey through this increasingly fast paced environment in 2019.