Russian broadband provider ER-Telecom has reportedly completed the first stage of deployment of its independent backbone network. Telecompaper indicates that the operator has rolled out infrastructure covering 4,870km, connecting Barnaul, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Magnitogorsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk. The network is currently in the process of being tested by the operator.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, by the end of 2014 Volga-based ER plans to claim 20% of the national broadband and pay-TV markets, and to achieve this it is monitoring the markets of 90 cities with over 200,000 inhabitants with a view to expanding its networks in the near future. To facilitate its plan ER hope to attract around USD500 million from outside investors by 2014.