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Press Release -- June 17th, 2011
Source: TeliaSonera AB
Tags: Earnings, Wavelength

TeliaSonera International Carrier to become biggest stakeholder in TAT-14 following upgrade

TeliaSonera International Carrier has announced it is to become the biggest stakeholder in the TAT-14 Atlantic Seacable upgrade, increasing its stake by 67 percent in terms of the committed upgrade volume.

Continuously growing capacity demand driven primarily by boost of IP traffic has lead to a second upgrade of the TAT-14 Atlantic Sea Cable system. Carried out by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, the upgrade will provide substantial extra capacity for the two cables which make up the system - 8x10G on the north TAT stretch and 4x10G on the south stretch. An additional second phase of the upgrade will give TeliaSonera International Carrier an extra 20x10G on each cable, giving TeliaSonera International Carrier a total of 10 separate routes to carry transatlantic traffic, a far higher level of diversity compared to other carriers.

Erik Hallberg, President of TeliaSonera International Carrier, says “Such a high level of diversity is unique among even the most reputable and the largest IP carriers, this upgrade gives us a very strong selling point recognised in the marketplace. Complex and highly diverse IP network design shows TeliaSonera International Carrier’s focus on the utmost quality of the services provided to our customers”

In 1998 the TAT-14 consortia was established, including partners TeliaSonera International Carrier, AT&T, MCI, KPN, T-Systems and France Telecom to name a few. The TAT-14 system has been in operation since 2001 and is made up of multiple pairs of fibres – one fibre in each pair is used for data carried in one direction. The system uses four pairs of fibres in total — two pairs as active and two as backup. Each fibre in each pair carries 16 wavelengths in one direction, and each wavelength carries an STM-64 (9,621,504 kbit/s as payload).

The second upgrade of TAT-14 is scheduled to be delivered in two phases, the first by the end of 2011 and the second in Q3 of 2012.

For more information, please call the TeliaSonera press office + 46-771 77 58 30, press@teliasonera.com

TeliaSonera provides network access and telecommunication services in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain. TeliaSonera helps people and companies communicate in an easy, efficient and environmentally friendly way. Our ambition is to be number one or two in all our markets, providing the best customer experience, high quality networks and cost efficient operations. TeliaSonera is also the leading European wholesale provider with a wholly-owned international carrier network. In 2010, net sales amounted to SEK 107 billion, EBITDA to SEK 37.7 billion and earnings per share to SEK 4.73. The TeliaSonera share is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm and NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. Read more at teliasonera.com

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