Russia’s second largest broadband provider ER-Telecom (Dom.ru) has launched a federal project to upgrade 60% of its optical network to 1Gbps access standard in 2020-2022, while the company intends to complete the gigabit rollout across its entire fibre internet footprint in 2026 under a total seven-year investment of RUB7.6 billion (USD119 million), ComNews reports. The project aims to offer gigabit access to eleven million households and increase network reliability to 99.99%. Infrastructure will be upgraded passing roughly two million homes in St. Petersburg, around 500,000 in each of Yekaterinburg, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod, and approximately 400,000 in each of Volgograd, Irkutsk, Saratov and Chelyabinsk.
ER-Telecom will increase the number of fibres in the transport and trunk networks, replace obsolete switches with gigabit ones, eliminate copper links between apartments and replace copper with optical cables in 70% of apartment building entrances. The company will also conduct network redundancy, which will improve the continuity of services. The commercial lifespan of the upgraded network sections is estimated at seven-to-ten years, although ER says it is already laying the foundation for the subsequent modernisation of the network to 10Gbps.