Azeri communications operator Delta Telecom has reached an initial agreement to participate in the development of a new fibre-optic international gateway system linking Oman to Frankfurt in Germany via Russia and Iran, Trend News Agency reports, citing Delta Telecom’s technical director Raid Alekberli. The company official said that at a recent meeting between the participants of the Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) in Tehran, an agreement was signed to create a consortium on transit traffic between Asia and Europe. ‘The joining of the Azerbaijani segment will be officially confirmed in the next ten days by signing a contract,’ Alekberli said. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, four international telecommunications companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March 2011 to develop the EPEG, namely: Oman’s incumbent fixed line operator Omantel, Iran-based Telecommunications Infrastructure Company (TIC), UK-based Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Russian carrier Rostelecom. The 6,000km cable system is expected to be ready for service in May 2012, helping to accommodate the increasing traffic from the MENA region, Central Asia, Russia and Europe, providing an alternative route to the Red Sea Systems.