24 May 2013
The CEO of Azeri telecoms operator Delta Telecom has told news agency Trend that parts of the Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) have been activated. Partners of the EPEG cable project, which links Frankfurt in Germany to Oman via Eastern Europe, Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran, include Oman’s incumbent fixed line operator Omantel, Iran-based Telecommunications Infrastructure Company (TIC), UK-based Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Russian carrier Rostelecom. Commenting on the cable’s latest developments, Delta Telecom CEO Ramadan Veliyev said: ‘Certain capacities of the cable drawn between Frankfurt to Oman have already been activated. Of course, this does not mean they will immediately be realised. Today, both Cable & Wireless and Omantel started their realisation. It is forecast that by 2016 the total capacity of the cable line will be increased to 15Tbps.’ The total length of the EPEG cable is around 10,000km, including around 9,500km of terrestrial cable. It is expected to help accommodate the increasing traffic from the MENA region, Central Asia, Russia and Europe.