22 Jul 2009 15:15

Rostelecom, Greek Oteglobe agree international channel lease

MOSCOW. July 22 (Interfax) - Rostelecom has agreed lease of international communications channels with Greek Oteglobe, the Russian long-distance operator said in a statement.

The agreement provides for exchange of traffic between the two operators.

Rostelecom will ensure Oteglobe's access to cities and towns in Russia through its own network and will facilitate access to CIS countries, the Baltic States and the Transcaucasus under its partnership agreements with operators in those countries. Oteglobe will also be able to send traffic on the Transit Europe Asia, which links Europe to Tokyo and Hong Kong through Russia.

In turn, Rostelecom will receive access to Oteglobe's network. It operates the Gwen and TBN high-speed fiber-optic lines linking Greece with Western Europe via Italy and the Balkans, as well as an IP/MPLS network with 14 access points in Western and Southeastern Europe.

Rostelecom is the national fixed-line long-distance operator. Its telecommunications network stretches about 150,000 kilometers. Svyazinvest owns 50.67% of voting shares.

Oteglobe, founded in 2000, provides telecommunications services to operators in Southeastern Europe.