Japanese telcos NTT and KDDI Corp each plan to launch high speed data communications services between Japan and Russia, writes Thomson Financial citing a report in the Nikkei daily. NTT, through its international services unit NTT Communications, will launch this April the paper said, using a submarine fibre-optic network completed at end-2007. The subsidiary is connecting its data networks in Japan with Russian counterpart TransTeleCom’s local fibre-optic networks across 900 cities in the Federation.
Meanwhile, KDDI is hoping to inaugurate a similar service from the summer of 2008. Japan’s second largest telecoms company is looking to utilise an existing sub-sea cable network as well as deploying two new cable links and will partner with Russian long-distance telecommunications provider Rostelecom. The new cable links will expand transmission capacity one thousand-fold the Nikkei said, while costs are expected to come down by up to 40%.