CTG launches terrestrial 100G connectivity between Asia and Europe


China Telecom Global (CTG) has announced the launch of 100G service capability via its terrestrial cable system between Asia and Europe, in collaboration with Russian operators, to meet soaring demand for high-bandwidth connectivity on that route.

The new 100G capability – which CTG says further diversifies its product portfolio along the Europe-Asia route – is strengthened by cross-border transmission systems via the China-Russia, China-Mongolia-Russia and China-Kazakhstan-Russia routes. It will be managed with Russian partners, with whom CTG has built a strategic relationship.

CTG claims it is the first 100G bandwidth option available in the market via Asia and Europe.

The 100G service was announced on the back of the launch of the Super TSR (Transit Silk Road), an ultra-low latency terrestrial route via the China-Kazakhstan Gateway, which was launched last year. CTG says the Super TSR boasts latency of 147ms from Shanghai to Frankfurt and 159ms from Hong Kong to Frankfurt – 10ms less than existing routes.

The new route was implemented through a partnership with a Kazakhstan operator, and is the shortest in the same direction, while also offering low latency. The route is the optimal choice for global connectivity across diverse industries, especially in the financial services sector where high-frequency trades are latency-sensitive, said Steven Tan, Vice President of CTG Global Carrier Business.

“China Telecom has devoted tremendous efforts in the diversification of Asia-Europe terrestrial cable routes, so as to improve the information exchange efficiency from Asia to Europe, and to fulfill customer expectations for alternative backup routes to regular submarine cable solutions,” said Tan.

Both announcements are in line with CTG’s goal to support China’s Belt and Road initiative, as a key enabler of that initiative will be low-latency and high capacity connectivity between Asian and European businesses centers, CTG said.

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