10 April 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Russian operator Rostelecom is to upgrade its transcontinental Transit Europe-Asia (TEA) Cable System linking Europe with China and Japan.
The total capacity of TEA link
between the western and eastern Russian border will reach
2Tbps, says the company, which plans to put the expansion into
operation this year.
The new links will be implemented using 100Gbps channels and
will ensure delivery of any traffic to be sent by international
operators between Europe and Asia.
"Further development of our TEA project is one of the key goals
of the Rostelecom wholesale business," said Natalia Kryuchkova,
vice president for carrier business in the group. "Major
customers of the service are largest carriers in the European
and Asian regions."
This year’s upgrade follows a previous upgrade
that started in 2016. The company said the first stage had
already generated $30 million worth of extra business in
2017-18 – and attracted extra traffic to its transit
Kryuchkova added: "Rostelecom expects significant sales growth
owing to new network capabilities, including engagement of new
partners for transiting traffic."
The next stage is a further increase in the backbone speed to
10Tbps, said Rostelecom.
The first transit circuits on what is now TEA were provisioned
between Russia and China in early 2004. The TEA backbone can
reach major traffic exchange sites in Europe, China, Japan and
Hong Kong and provide interconnections on the Russian borders
with core networks of the largest European and Asian carriers,