Golden Telecom completes network rollout based on Nortel technology

25 May 2006

Russian alternative telco Golden Telecom has completed deployment of its Russian Federal Transit Network (FTN) for long-distance and international voice and data service, it reported in a press release yesterday. The move significantly expands Golden’s domestic footprint and connects the company to a potential long-distance market of 32 million residential and eight million business customers. The FTN uses Nortel Network’s Multiservice Switch 7400 devices to connect four international communication transit nodes, seven intercity transit nodes and 88 access nodes. The network allows more-efficient routing of calls and transmissions, which will lower leasing costs to regional operators. Before building the FTN, Golden had been providing services to other operators directly connected to its nine city-wide digital networks. Nortel Russia’s President Sorin Lupu said: ‘Nortel’s [FTN] is designed to help make it simpler and more affordable for Russia’s regional operators to provide more people with long-distance and international telephone services.’