RASCOM extends fiber optic network ring in Europe

March 5, 2013
Fiber-optic network services provider RASCOM says it has activated two recently constructed DWDM fiber routes: Amsterdam – Copenhagen and Frankfurt – Stockholm. RASCOM says the new routes help create a diversified ring structure that connects Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and back to Copenhagen and Stockholm. The company says it can now offer network services on two DWDM systems of its own that offer bandwidth of up to 2х8.8 Tbps.

Fiber-optic network services provider RASCOM says it has activated two recently constructed DWDM fiber routes: Amsterdam – Copenhagen and Frankfurt – Stockholm. RASCOM says the new routes help create a diversified ring structure that connects Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and back to Copenhagen and Stockholm. The company says it can now offer network services on two DWDM systems of its own that offer bandwidth of up to 2х8.8 Tbps.

RASCOM spent $4 million to create the new fiber cable system. “During the recent 5 years, within the frames of realizing a long-term development strategy, the company has been consistently updating and developing the existing network and moving from the leased circuits to its own DWDM capacity,” comments V.I. Kireev, CJSC “RASCOM” general director. “The DWDM system is built based on the up-to-date high-tech equipment manufactured by the company CIENA, and it allows us to meet the constantly growing demand of the inter-carrier market for the communications channels. As a result of adding two new sections to our existing network, the CJSC 'RASCOM' has extended its capabilities in arranging European circuits over different routes, offering protected capacity and end-to-end monitoring of the services to be provided.”

The service provider monitors its network 24 hours a day from its network management center in Saint-Petersburg, according to RASCOM’s technical director, O. V. Klimovsky. Through its network maintenance architecture, RASCOM can minimize restoration times and guarantee that it will meet the service-level agreements (SLAs) its customers demand.

“Launching the European ring structure has allowed RASCOM to transit to unique service installation term standards on all the sections of its network,” Klimovsky continues. “RASCOM guarantees, to the customers, minimum (not longer than 2-3 weeks) circuit arranging terms, both on Russian territory and in Europe.”

The network circuits also demonstrate latency as good as or better than its competitors, Klimovsky adds. Customers can assess delay data over the circuit at both service installation and usage stages.

RASCOM now offers fully protected circuits with capacity of up to 10 Gbps and connects with the major traffic exchange points in Moscow (MSK-IX), Saint-Petersburg (SPB-IX), Stockholm (NetNod), Frankfurt (DE-CIX), and Amsterdam (AMS-IX).

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