The University of California, Berkeley Innovation X-Labs at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology are excited to announce a new collaboration with Colt Technology Services, a multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. The collaboration, in partnership with GSM Association, an industry organization that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide, will allow UC Berkeley students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge AI telecommunications projects and allow Colt access to the bright minds at Berkeley and its leading innovation ecosystem. 

The Colt collaboration will focus on the use of AI for network automation and network optimization. For example, with the upcoming evolution of telecom networks, new design questions have emerged about the automated placement of edge servers.  

Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Director of Berkeley’s Sutardja Center said, “Colt-X projects provide opportunities for students interested in machine learning, AI to telecom, networking, and 5G routing.”  

“Colt has always been at the forefront of innovation: we have strong track record of leadership in innovation across many technologies including NFV, SDN, blockchain as well as Artificial Intelligence. Our focus on AI includes use cases and initiatives in becoming a more data driven organisation, including the introduction of cognitive capabilities across all business functions and delivering a self-organised network through AIoP”, said Francesca Serravalle, Emerging Technology Director at Colt. “We believe that the academy has an important role in the innovation ecosystem and we look forward to co-innovating with Berkley university in delivering an adaptive network in the time of digital services and diversified SLA.”

About Berkeley Innovation X-Labs at SCET

Innovation X-Labs are focused on Innovation that Matters. They provide a practical perspective to the study and practice of innovation. Innovation X-Labs are collaborative programs that include dynamic, advanced project courses as well as applied research, discovery projects, and specialized project acceleration. X-labs are intended to generate innovation as well as convene participants across global academic and industry innovation ecosystems.  Learn more at Innovation X-Labs are a project of the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.

About Colt 

Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity – taking what’s always been in its DNA to enable customers’ success. The Colt IQ Network connects more than 900+ data centres and over 29,000 on net buildings across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs.Colt understands today’s shifting connectivity requirements and provides agile, on-demand and secure high bandwidth networking and voice solutions to ensure enterprises can thrive. Customers include data-intensive organisations spanning over 210 cities in more than 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in the sector, and because of this, it’s able to put its customers’ needs at its core. For more information, please visit