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Press Release -- June 27th, 2019
Source: retn


25th of June, London, United Kingdom – International network service provider RETN announces a significant upgrade of its Eurasian network running through Kazakhstan – TRANSKZ.

TRANSKZ is a unique cable system developed and operated by RETN, and the first true alternative to existing subsea cable systems connecting Europe and Asia. Launched in 2016, TRANSKZ is constantly upgraded and is now the low latency terrestrial paths linking all major locations in Europe to Central and East Asia. The final stage of its development was completed in cooperation with Transtelecom JSC in Kazakhstan in May 2019. This announcement follows the official opening of the upgraded fibre optic segment in Dostyk, Kazakhstan, on the border with China.

“We are delighted to introduce TRANSKZ in its refined shape, the RETN Eurasian Way, and we strongly believe it will be successful in supporting international businesses and improving Europe’s connectivity with Central Asia, China and beyond”, stated Dmitry Samarin, CEO at RETN. “We are proud that due to our partnership with Transtelecom JSC we managed to build a terrestrial route that is one of a kind, as it provides three fully diverse paths from Europe to the border with China and can boast one of the lowest latencies on the market”.

The RTD on the shortest path (called Central Way) from Frankfurt to Hong Kong is 150.56 ms.

“It is a great honor to be involved in this big project and to be an essential part of it. Transtelecom JSC is one of the largest telecommunication providers in the Republic of Kazakhstan. We specialize in provisioning of a wide range of telecommunication services, digitalization and system integration in the field of IT, communications, automation and energy. Our business goal is to bring Kazakhstan people to digital well-being, and we are sure that with TRANSKZ route we make it happen. It is the most recent launched, one of the shortest and most protected of all existing terrestrial routes from Hong Kong to all European traffic exchange centers,“ – comments Saken Baytruganov, Vice President for Commerce at Transtelecom JSC.

Tony O’Sullivan, COO at RETN comments on the upgrade: “In the framework of “The Belt & Road Initiative”, the demand for high-quality and scalable terrestrial solutions to connect Eurasian economies is rising. TRANSKZ is a modern digital silk road designed to change the way of Eurasian interconnectivity, offer exceptional experiences for customers to transport their data from Europe to Asia (and vice versa) and enable international business to compete and cooperate effectively in the rapidly growing central Asian economies. The RETN Eurasian Way enables global enterprises as well as international carriers, ISPs, OTT and content providers to scale up in line with the growing volumes of data coming to/from Europe, China and beyond. Offering multiple redundant paths and protected services across one unified network, fully controlled and managed by RETN, we can ensure end-users get their data delivered securely and reliably with industry leading RTDs. This of course comes with the first-rate commercial and technical support, expected by our customers, provided by RETN teams across the whole route”.


About RETN

RETN is one of the fastest growing independent European providers of IP Transit and network services, now with a unique capability to connect Europe and Asia. It is the only provider that operates its own end-to-end network (250+ on-net PoPs, 52000 km of lit fiber) through Western Europe, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and onwards to the Chinese border, and is offering differentiated terrestrial connectivity between these major markets. RETN delivers various network services across its Eurasian network with industry leading delivery times, lower latency, leveraging deep technical expertise and providing better reliability than traditional terrestrial and subsea routes.

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