China Telecom and TTK complete terrestrial China to Europe 100G deployment

31 October 2017 | James Pearce


China Telecom and TransTeleCom (TTK) have completed one of the world’s first terrestrial high-bit-rate fibre routes connecting China and Europe.

The 100G cable connects data points across Asia to Frankfurt, Germany, with interconnected communications lines at Russian Zabaikalsk and Chinese Manchuria.

In order to complete deployment, the two companies developed a new gateway interface tat was built on the border between the countries. 

The terrestrial cable will provide an alternative route to subsea cables that currently carry a significant amount of traffic from Asia to Europe, with Russia acting as the “optimal communication bridge” and the shortest path, according to TTK.

“It is important to have reliable high-rate terrestrial channel with low latency for our growing needs in data transmission between Europe and Asia,” shared Deng Xiao Feng, CEO of China Telecom Global.

“TTK has one of the largest backbone networks in Russia and is trusted partner of China Telecom in Europe-Asia transit traffic market. The new route gives us an opportunity to offer highest-quality telecommunication services to our clients both inside and outside China.”

TTK claims to cover more than 20% of the total data transportation from China to Europe, with an extensive backbone network that runs along railroads.

This year the operator completed the changeover of all its international backbone traffic to Long Haul DWDM technology. The 20,000 km LH DWDM network offers up to 80 optical data transmission channels with 100G each for thousands of kilometers and signal latency of 153 ms.

“Setup of the first terrestrial route with such a bandwidth capacity between Europe and Asia is only beginning of our cooperation with China Telecom. We appreciate the fact that our company was selected as a partner in this large project that will have an important role in the light of growing demand from international clients. 

“We have mapped out next steps with our partners from China Telecom for further development of digital services for our clients,” said Roman Kravtsov, president of TransTeleCom.