Russian fiber links
Multinational companies with offices in the U.S. and Russia are using a point-to-point terrestrial fiber-optic link for transatlantic communications with AT&T`s Accunet digital service to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Services provide connectivity from 64 kilobits per second to 2.048 megabits per second for applications such as Internet access, real-time video conferencing and bulk data transfers. According to Norm Collins, AT&T`s managing director for transport services, "Previously, businesses in the U.S. and Russia had to rely on satellite connectivity. Now, they can use services at a competitive price at about 10% above what they paid for comparable satellite links."