Russian alternative telco Golden Telecom has completed the rollout of its fibre-optic link between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, and is ready to launch commercial high speed services over the new network. Golden and cellco Vimpelcom began joint construction of the fibre-optic system in January 2004 and completed the rollout in November 2005. At the beginning of this year, the link was prepared for certification by the Ros Svyaz Nadzor commission, which officially authorised the cable earlier this month. The infrastructure will enable Golden to expand its broadband offerings and offer services under its recently won long-distance telephony licence. The network is currently being further expanded beyond Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan and Ufa, with work due to be completed by the end of 2006. In 2007 the telco plans to deploy additional fibre-optic cabling linking Kazan, Naberezhniye Chelny, Perm and Ekaterinburg; and Ufa, Samara and Saratov. These lines are expected to be completed by the end of 2007.