Alcatel-Lucent and Rostelecom launch data gateway across Russia

French vendor Alcatel-Lucent and Rostelecom have today announced the operational launch of the Russian segment of the Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG).

The 100G fibre-optic network is expected to allow Rostelecom to offer ultra-broadband transit across Russia and meet the growing demand for broadband data services.

Eugeniy Sekerin, executive director of the telecom operators department at Rostelecom, said: “It is expected that in the international market, the amount of transit traffic from the Middle East and India to Europe will grow dramatically in the near future, and the new EPEG high-speed optical data backbone network will help meet that demand today and for years to come by relying upon the shortest route.”

The Russian section of the EPEG spans over 3,500km of the country, from the Ukraine border to Azerbaijan and Georgia, with speeds of up to 8Tbps over a single optical pair.

“Our 100G technology helps operators build high-capacity backbone networks and dramatically increase the speed of data transfer while reducing the cost per bit,” said Alexander Tikhonov, country senior officer at Alcatel-Lucent, CIS.

The first interconnection hub on the EPEG was announced in March last year, and the cable is designed to act as an alternative high-capacity terrestrial data route to the subsea routes across the Red Sea, Suez Canal, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.

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