Russian telco Comstar has announced the completion of works aimed at enhancing its IP network, and also the migration of its internet user traffic to the fibre-optic communication network owned by the MTS Group. The network overhaul, which took place during the summer, has connected Comstar-UTS communication centres in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Stockholm. Network capacity has doubled to reach 120Gbps. In addition, Comstar has confirmed that it has completed the transfer of its North-West-based communication channels to those of MTS, the telecoms group that purchased a 50.9% stake in Comstar in June 2009. Earlier in 2010, Comstar and MTS implemented a similar project involving network migration between Moscow and the Ukraine.
Viktor Belov, Service Platforms and Networks Development Director of Comstar commented: ‘As part of Comstar-UTS’ integration with MTS, we continue to develop the process of traffic migration to the network of our principal shareholder. This allows us to reduce costs by saving money on use of communication channels of third-party carriers and to enhance efficiency and operational safety of communication networks. Enhancement of IP network capacity in the direction of Stockholm is a response to fast growing traffic consumption by Comstar subscribers.’