The US operating subsidiary of KDDI Corp, KDDI America, has inked a deal with Russian national operator Rostelecom to launch a low-latency 10Gbps wavelength service between Japan and Europe. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in May 2011 KDDI Corp entered into a partnership agreement with Rostelecom to strengthen communications connectivity on a network link between Japan and Russia by improving the Russia-Japan Cable Network (RJCN) and Transit Europe-Asia (TEA) links. The Japanese firm contributed USD12 million of the total cost of USD60 million, at which date the upgrade was scheduled for completion at the start of this year. As a result of the planned improvements the pair have quadrupled connection speeds and enabled leased line services with data transmission rates of up to 10Gbps. KDDI and Rostelecom forecast that data volumes between their respective countries will grow by 200%-400% by 2014.