Transtelecom opens new routes from China across Kazakhstan to Europe

10 April 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Kazakhstan’s Transtelecom has launched a new terrestrial network from the Chinese border towards Europe.

The company says its new network allows for transport of traffic from sub-1Gbps to 10 × 10Gbps between Europe and east Asia, linking three of the world’s biggest financial centres, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong.

The route crosses the Chinese/Kazakh border at Dostyk in Kazakhstan’s Almaty region, on the border with the north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Transtelecom uses three routes across its own territory, via Almaty and Astana and central Kazakhstan. “This new network is one of the shortest to connect Hong Kong or the Kazakh/Chinese border to the Russian border or Europe,” said Transtelecom. The latency depends on the exact route chosen.

“We can now offer our partners and customers improved connectivity and resilience between Europe and Far East,” said Transtelecom, which added that its “drive to extend its reach and ramp up operational activity has resulted in constant network growth with special focus on cross-border routes in both Europe and Asia”.

Transtelecom – usually abbreviated to TTC – was originally the subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s national rail company, KTZ. It shares a history, from Soviet days, with Russia’s TransTeleCom (TTK), which began as the telecoms operation of Russian Railways, RZhD. They have been separate operations since the break-up of the USSR more than two decades ago. 


TTC has direct cross-border connections with operators of Russia, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Negotiations are underway to establish a joint with Turkmenistan’s state-owned Turkmentelecom. TTC is the exclusive provider of internet services for the market in Tajikistan.