RETN extends TransKZ with Dostyk to Beijing route

25 November 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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RETN has upgraded its Europe to Asia gateway, TransKZ, adding a new route linking the Kazakh town of Dostyk with Beijing, and a new point of presence (PoP) in Beijing.

The new route Dostyk – Beijing allows RETN to provide services with much lower latencies and greatly improved performance between Europe and mainland China: The route has a round-trip time of 112.08 ms and the industry leading TransKZ SLAs.

Tony O’Sullivan (pictured), who was appointed CEO of RETN almost a year ago, said: “Today we announce a deployment of the extension of TransKZ in Asia – with new route Dostyk to Beijing.

"In addition to the new routes, RETN is increasing accessibility to TransKZ in Asia, Europe, and Russia by opening new PoPs along the route. With this new PoP in Beijing enterprises can accelerate the performance of their WAN linking their locations in Europe and Russia with those in Beijing directly and securely”

TransKZ is a terrestrial DWDM system fully owned, developed and operated by RETN, providing a guaranteed SLA of 99.9% for layer 1 services and 99.95% for layer 2 with measured uptime >99.92%.

The first iteration of TransKZ was completed in late 2016 and in 2019 the project won a Global Carrier Award. Since then it has been enhanced with increased redundancy, added capacity, and optimised network design, including upgrades with Infinera.

Incidentally, at the 2021 Global Carrier Awards, RETN took home the award for Best Central and Eastern European Wholesale Carrier.

TransKZ provides any point on the RETN network in Europe, with a connection to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan all delivered with full protection, the lowest MTTR and the highest uptime.

Earlier this week, RETN deployed a new Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) route connecting Ufa with Kazan.