KDDI, Rostelecom plan submarine fibre link

12 Dec 2006

Japan’s KDDI Corp is teaming up with Russian long-distance telecoms provider Rostelecom to build an undersea fibre-optic link between the two countries, boosting current transmission capacity 1,000-fold, writes AFX News citing the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The pair will split the JPY5 billion (USD43 million) cost of the project that will connect Joetsu, in Niigata Prefecture, with Nakhodka, in southeast Russia. NEC Corp has been awarded a contract to build the cable, with work expected to start in the summer of 2007. The link is scheduled to be lit in March 2008.

Japan, Russia, KDDI (au), Rostelecom