Russian telco Sibirtelecom has announced that its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) has passed the 10,000 subscriber mark. The network, which launched in April 2010 in Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Omsk, and was expanded to Kemerovo, Irkutsk and Buryatia in July, aims to achieve 115,000 GPON subscribers by end-2010. In the Novosibirsk and Omsk regions Sibirtelecom has connected more than 3,500 GPON users, whilst the Krasnoyarsk territory currently accounts for 2,700. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Siberia accounts for 29% of Russia’s territory and contains 13.8% of its population. Sibirtelecom recorded 692,000 broadband subscribers at June 2010, and claims to have a 62% share of the broadband market in the Siberian Federal District. By the end of the year it hopes that GPON pilot zones will appear in many regional branches of Sibirtelecom.