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China Telecom Global launches 100G Asia-Europe link

China Telecom Global (CTG) has announced the launch of the first 100G terrestrial (over-land) cable service between Asia and Europe.

The new 100G capability is strengthened by cross-border transmission systems via the China-Russia, China-Mongolia-Russia and China-Kazakhstan-Russia routes, and will be managed by CTG's Russian Partners.

The new capability comes on the back of the Super TSR (Transit Silk Road) ultra-low latency terrestrial route via the China-Kazakhstan gateway.

The Super TSR launched in 2H16 with a latency of just 147ms from Shanghai to Frankfurt and 159ms from Hong Kong to Frankfurt – a 10ms reduction over existing routes.

According to Steve Tan, vice president of CTG's 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." 

Both new initiatives mesh with CTG's goal of supporting China's Belt and Road initiative to improve the free flow of cross-border trade and create a regional economic co-operation framework.

Improving the latency and capacity of connectivity between Asian and European business centers will be a key component of this initiative.