Telekom Austria launches 100G in CEE

13 May 2013 | Mitch Sayers


Telekom Austria Group has launched its 100G network in both Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) at ITW.

The network has been successfully trialled from Zagreb to Osijek and Ilok, and Telekom Austria launched the service in order to address growing traffic from the CEE region.

The operator expects to have 100G services running on the route from Frankfurt to Sofia by the end of Q2 this year.

Its remaining PoPs in Vienna, Sofia, Belgrade, Zagreb, Bucharest, Budapest, Ivancice and Salzburg are expected to be connected by the end of Q4 this year.

Director of wholesale at Telekom Austria, Stefan Amon, hopes the move will pave the way for connecting Europe’s east and west markets with high capacity.“We are situated [in Austria] in the middle of the Russian, CIS, Turkish and Middle East regions which will need capacity, especially in the direction of western Europe,” said Amon.

“The other routes are going via the sea where capacity is limited. It was needed in the other regions of Europe, across Italy and France, where the sea cables are not able to transport that much capacity,” he added.

According to the carrier, its infrastructure is one of only a few which can provide end-solutions in the region and the 100G network helps cement its place in the few remaining emerging market across the continent. Amon said growing economies in Russia, Poland and Turkey as well as increased demand for cloud solutions and video are driving increased demands for capacity.