Russian alternative operator Golden Telecom has completed the construction of a long-distance and international fixed line network. Golden’s Federal Transit Network (FTN) has been implemented in compliance with new Russian telecoms rules that came into force on 1 January, and consists of four international transit nodes, seven inter-city nodes (in seven federal districts), and 88 connection points or access nodes (located in each constituent territory of the country).
Golden Telecom, which provides services in Russia and CIS countries, was awarded a new long-distance licence in 2005, and expects soon to be assigned both carrier and network selection codes as a provider of international and national communications services. Prior to the launch of the FTN, Golden provided long- distance services exclusively to end-users and other operators connected directly to its local digital networks. The FTN allows it to continue to provide long-distance services to its current customers in compliance with new regulations. According to the IKS-Consulting agency, the Russian long-distance market constitutes eight million business customers and 32 million residential subscribers.