Colt upgrades SD-WAN with VoIP optimization and IPv6 support

Colt Technology Services announced on Wednesday that it has added VoIP optimization and support for IPv6 on its SD-WAN platform. Colt said the new features were added due to shifts in network demand related to the coronavirus pandemic as millions of enterprise employees now work from home.

In particular, Colt said the shift in remote workforces has increased enterprises' demand for VoIP-enabled solutions to levels that are "higher than ever." With an SD-WAN enabled VoIP network, businesses can optimize their network and voice infrastructures for improved virtual meeting experiences. The Colt SD-WAN solution, which is powered by Versa Networks, identifies mission-critical VoIP traffic from VoIP applications in a customers’ network.

It then prioritizes this traffic for improved reliability and performance. When paired with Colt SIP trunking, Colt offers customers VoIP optimization with Mean Opinion Score (MoS) based dynamic traffic steering at no extra cost.

Using the same Versa technology, Colt said it was one of the first network service providers to offer an SD-WAN solution that includes global support for IPv6 addresses. Every device that joins a network needs a unique IP address, and the number of IPv4 addresses has been dwindling.

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Colt SD-WAN with dual IPv4 and IPv6 stack support gives customers the flexibility to design their WANs with IPv4 today while also future-proofing their networks and avoiding expensive costs when they make the switch to IPv6.

“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," said Colt's Peter Coppens, vice president for product portfolio, in a statement. "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.

“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.”

Both of the new SD-WAN features are now available across Colt's global footprint.