TeliaSonera International Carrier moves forward - significant expansion of transatlantic capacity by a minimum of 160Gbits

TeliaSonera International Carrier is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in the demand for transatlantic capacity. To improve our current market position and to move towards the corporate vision of being one of the top three global IP carriers by 2010, TeliaSonera International Carrier has now secured terms to increase transatlantic capacity by adding a minimum of 160Gbits worth of transatlantic capacity (16x10Gbits) over the next three years. The selected suppliers are Apollo Submarine Cable Systems, FLAG Telecom and VSNL International and
“TeliaSonera International Carrier has seen a high demand for capacity based on growing use of Online Gaming and Media services. Utilizing TSIC 40000 KM fibre network in US and Europe Transatlantic capacity has been identified as a scarce resource. To secure Cost leadership TSIC have agreed on terms for its long term demand of Transatlantic capacity, says Malin Frenning, Senior Vice President Head of Wholesale & International Carrier.

“We have considered a number of options open to us regarding our need to secure additional transatlantic capacity,” comments Regina Donato-Lundgren, Vice President & Head of Products & Production International, TeliaSonera. “We’ve focused on a number of areas including commercial options and network design possibilities to ensure that any decision taken fully fits our need as a business and our corporate vision of being one of the top three global IP carriers by 2010.”

TeliaSonera International Carrier has strategically selected more than one supplier. The selection of three suppliers will guarantee flexibility, more routes, diversity and added service quality.

“We continue to see a rapid growth in the demand for IP-transit and the growth of our transatlantic services. We want to secure future capacity and at the same time use our buying power to guarantee competitive pricing on a long term commitment. Our decision to work with Apollo Submarine Cable System, Flag Telecom and VSNL International will differentiate us from competitors in the market place. We also have an excellent design that includes the ability to deliver 10Gbits capacity via a variety of diverse transatlantic cable systems,” says Regina Lundgren-Donato.

About TeliaSonera International Carrier
TeliaSonera International Carrier is the leading European provider of quality, cross-border voice, IP and capacity services. We have a 20,000 km European network and 18,000 km fiber-based trans-American network. TeliaSonera International Carrier is a wholly owned subsidiary to the TeliaSonera Group. Please visit our website for more information.

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