AboveNet's IP transit brings Internet to Bhutan

FEBRUARY 28, 2008 -- AboveNet Communications UK Ltd. announces the successful provisioning of a new IP transit service for Bhutan Telecom.

FEBRUARY 28, 2008 -- AboveNet Communications UK Ltd. announces the successful provisioning of a new IP transit service for Bhutan Telecom. By providing this transit, AboveNet is enabling Bhutan Telecom's customers to experience reliable Internet connectivity over fiber- optic cabling for the first time, AboveNet says.

Having previously relied on satellite connectivity for Internet access, this investment provides faster, more reliable, and cost-effective services to its customers, while putting in place an infrastructure that can be easily scaled to support future growth.

Bhutan Telecom is now in a position to drive the development of new ICT focused businesses in Bhutan, such as call centers and IT parks, which have previously proved unattainable due to high infrastructure costs and Bhutan's poor connectivity.

Utilizing an international fiber network operator's submarine fiber cable to link London via Mumbai, Bhutan Telecom acquired a circuit to London to connect to AboveNet's IP transit network. This enabled it to launch Bhutan's first DSL broadband Internet service on Feb. 11. The company already has plans to double its bandwidth in the near future.

"With remote countries such as Bhutan realizing the demand for high speed and reliable connectivity, the development of fiber-optic and carrier-class IP networks is proving fundamental in narrowing the communication bridge between distant parts of the world," says Leeland Pavey, AboveNet's vice president of operations.


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