GTT launches optical transport services, leverages Hibernia assets

GTT Communications has launched its Optical Transport services line, making use of the network backbone it purchased from Hibernia.

The new service provides scalable bandwidth and low latency connectivity, enabling transport of high volume data and cloud-based applications between global financial markets, data centers, media hubs and service provider networks.

What’s interesting about this service is that it is the first to leverage the company's new subsea and terrestrial fiber network that includes a DWDM platform, three transatlantic cables and well as over 75 points of presence in North America and Europe. GTT's Optical Transport service includes wavelengths and low latency services available at 10G and 100G speeds.

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Rick Calder, president and CEO of GTT, told investors during its fourth quarter earnings call that it is seeing growing interest in the new optical products. As a result, the service provider’s sale force is now pursuing opportunities for its new media and wavelength services.

“We have begun to see good cross-selling opportunities for Layer 1 optical transport,” Calder said. “We see some really interesting opportunities across our much larger base.”

GTT’s timing could not be better to incorporate an optical transport service into its broader portfolio. According to research firm TeleGeography, the global demand for international bandwidth is expected to increase 13-fold between 2016 and 2023.

Delivered on GTT Express, a low latency transatlantic cable, which delivers under 59 milliseconds between New York and London, GTT’s Low Latency service provides connectivity at industry-leading speeds between the world’s major financial, media and commercial centers.

Additionally, GTT’s Low Latency service provides card and route diversity, mitigating the risk of any single point of network failure.