The UK’s BT and Russia’s Golden Telecom have signed a partnership agreement under which the British firm will have access to Golden Telecom’s backbone network, enabling the London-based carrier to significantly expand the reach of its advanced communications services in Russia and other CIS countries. Accordingly, Golden Telecom’s customers will obtain access to BT’s international IP network. ‘This agreement is a great example of beneficial cooperation between our two companies. By using Golden Telecom’s extensive backbone network we can extend services to our clients across all of Russia, enabling them to develop their businesses in the region,’ said Richard van Wageningen, CEO of BT Russia & CIS. BT currently serves more than 250 corporate customers in the region.