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New Digital Highway Connects Europe and China via Finland and Russia

Helsinki, Finland – February 20, 2017 – Cinia Group, Finland-based provider of intelligent network, cloud, and software services, today announced an interconnection agreement with TTK, one of Russia’s largest communications providers. The result is the fastest and lowest latency data connection yet between European and Asian countries.

The new agreement connects Russia’s largest fiber-optic communication network with Cinia’s Northern Digital Highway, which provides the most direct connection from Central European network hubs to the Finnish-Russian border. The new route further increases the speed and reliability of TTK’s Eurasia Highway, connecting European and Asian countries.

Cinia’s Northern Digital Highway leverages the Cinia C-Lion1 submarine data cable, a direct route between Finland and Germany opened in 2016. The data cable provides a record-breaking capacity of 144 terabits per second (Tbps) and directly connects to key European network nodes such as DE-CIX Frankfurt, the largest Internet exchange point in the world.

“Increasingly networked businesses live on fast and reliable connectivity, and every new interconnection agreement makes the world one step smaller,” said Jaana Räty, Partnership Director, Cinia Group. “Asian-European connections are core to our strategy, and we are excited about the opportunity to introduce the fastest and most direct route yet in cooperation with TTK.”

“Company TTK provides telecommunication services between Russia and Europe to a number of domestic carriers as well as IP transit services between Europe and Asia to the carriers from Asia-Pacific, Middle Asia and Transcaucasian region. Interconnection between TTK and Cinia adds a brand new independent optical path and the lowest latency route to the center of Europe. This improves the attractiveness of TTK’s services, whereas Cinia Group gets the opportunity to use TTK’s well-known transit routes to Asia,” said Sergey Yakovlev, Head of Wholesale Department of TTK. “North-West region customers’ IP traffic has been rerouted to the new path which allowed to reduce the round-trip delay between Frankfurt-am-Main and Saint-Petersburg to 24 milliseconds - 40% less than on the previously used route.”

New interconnection allows TTK to diversify its current data transmission routes to Western Europe. Cinia’s aim is to expand its international long-haul optical transmission infrastructure to enable interconnected real-time business operations in Europe and Asia, and to enable data center operators to benefit from Nordic countries’ cool climate, strict privacy laws, and low energy pricing. Interconnection with TTK helps position Finland as the key gateway between the East and the West.

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Jaana Räty, Partnership Director, Cinia Group
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Vera Khiteeva, Head of Media Relations, TTK Company
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Agency Contact: Sallamaari Muhonen, Netprofile for Cinia Group
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TTK Company is one of the TOP-5 Russian telecommunications companies as well as principal backbone service providers to domestic, international carriers and biggest Russian corporations. The company is the leading provider of broadband Internet access, TV and telephony services to end-users all over Russia. TTK operates the largest fiber-optic backbone network in Russia, with a length of more than 76,000 km. The transcontinental TTK’s backbone network, known as EurasiaHighway, is interconnected with the communication networks of almost all the neighbouring countries, including China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, Finland, Transcaucasus, the Baltic and CIS states. EurasiaHighway is the optimal route between Europe and Asia.

Cinia Group makes the world smaller, smarter, and more secure with intelligent network, cloud, and software services. Strong expertise in mission-critical solution development is built on an uncompromised focus on robustness and reliability. Cyber security of ICT infrastructure is ensured by Cinia's advanced cloud based operating environment that meets the needs of most demanding organizations. Thousands of kilometers of owned fiber optic trunk network along with the Cinia C-Lion1 submarine cable provide the shortest and fastest data highway from Central European network hubs to Northern Europe, which is both an ideal data center environment and a natural gateway to Asian and Eastern European markets.
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The Comoros Islands, located on the eastern coast of Africa, comprises the four islands of Grande Comore, Moheli, Anjouan and Mayotte. Bayhaki Kambi, CTO of Comoros Telecom, said the new high-speed, large-capacity submarine system will complement its existing infrastructure investment, to drive local economic development and provide businesses and residents with an improved service.

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By Trade Arabia

E-marine, the principal provider of submarine cable solutions in the Middle East, in collaboration with Huawei Marine Networks, has successfully completed the 260-km Avassa Submarine Cable System marine installation in Comoros Islands.

E-marine deployed its 126m CS Maram vessel, the most modern ‘Green Plus’ and first-ever eco-friendly cable ship in the world, for the cable laying operation, a statement said.

The project involved the laying of two submarine cables – one linking Mayotte to Mutsamudu in Anjouan Island, and the other linking Moroni to Chindini in Grande Comores. The landing party at Moroni, Chindini and Mutsamudu was Comores Telecom and STOI at Mayotte. 


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Cinia Group and investment group C-Fiber Hanko have signed a cooperation deal to enable the construction of a branch to Hanko from the C-Lion-1 submarine data cable between Germany and Finland. The partners in C-Fiber Hanko are Tammisaaren Energia, Karjaan Puhelin, Raasepori Savings Bank, N3M Group, the Port of Hanko, Tammisaari Savings Bank, XLT-Systems and private investor Bjorn Siggberg. C-Fiber Hanko will invest EUR 3 million and Ciniai will invest in constructing the new connection.

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Data sharing between the U.S., Africa and Europe is now three times faster, furthering discovery around the globe

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— January 17, 2017 Research flowing between the United States, Europe and Africa got a significant boost early this year when Indiana University and its partners flipped the switch on a new 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) transatlantic link. The new network runs over the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system provided by vendor Aqua Comms DAC in support of the Networks for European, American and African Research, or NEAAR, grant.

Dr. Jennifer Schopf, director of International Networks at IU, is the principal investigator on the NEAAR award, which provides services and bandwidth connecting researchers in the U.S. with their counterparts in Europe and Africa. NEAAR is funded through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) International Research Network Connections program. In fact, NEAAR supports the majority of the NSF-funded research sharing between Africa and the United States.

“Indiana University has a long history of supporting high performance networking as a tool to advance research and education collaborations around the world,” said Dr. Schopf. “This new circuit continues that mission, enabling important work in bioinformatics, geoscience and medical research,” said Dr. Schopf. “We’re excited to be able to offer this additional capacity to U.S., European and African researchers.”

The new link, which runs over the AEConnect cable between the U.S. and Ireland, marks IU’s latest foray into transatlantic networking. The university collaborated with the pan-European network for research and education and NEAAR co-lead, GÉANT, as well as Aqua Comms to bring the 3,431-mile undersea cable network to life this month. AEConnect replaces the previous connection between the researchers and provides three times faster connectivity than previously possible.

Cathrin Stöver, chief collaboration officer at GÉANT, celebrates the intercontinental partnership. “From food security to viral diseases and climate change, the challenges we face are very much global,” she said. “Our mission is to support researchers in solving

these challenges, combining their knowledge wherever they are to allow faster discovery. Through increased transatlantic capacity and the European Union-funded AfricaConnect2 project, GÉANT is proud to enable faster data sharing between researchers on three continents.”

“We’re pleased to partner with IU and to support its NEAAR award over our AEConnect subsea cable system,” said Nigel Bayliff, chief executive officer, Aqua Comms. “Utilizing innovative optical technologies to provide flexible and scalable connectivity between continents, AEConnect provides IU and NEARR with a level of reliability, security and performance necessary to conduct their research with complete confidence.”



About International Networks at IU

International Networks at IU leads several projects related to large-scale international research networks that link scientists around the world. These include the NSF-funded America Connects to Europe network; TransPAC4, which connects the U.S. to Asia; and NetSage, which enables active and passive monitoring of international networks.

About Aqua Comms DAC

Aqua Comms DAC is the owner and operator of the transatlantic cable AEConnect and the Irish Sea cable CeltixConnect, and was established with a vision to build, acquire or merge with subsea fibre-optic cable networks to provide capacity networking solutions to the global media, content providers and IT companies.


GÉANT is the pan-European network that delivers high-performance connectivity and advanced services to more than 50 million research and education users across 40 European countries. GÉANT interconnects European national research and education networks with a high-bandwidth and highly resilient backbone and links them to over 100 countries worldwide. GÉANT (at the time known as DANTE) collaborated with Indiana University on the ACE project, the precursor to NEAAR, and provided shared trans-Atlantic R&E capacity to support science and engineering research between the U.S. and European communities.

Jennifer Handshew

Media Relations Consultant, iMiller Public Relations



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By Dylan Bushell-Embling,

The 16-nation SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium has announced it has completed construction of the 20,000km subsea cable system spanning Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The cable system connects Singapore with Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, the UAR, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and France.

SEA-ME-WE 5 has a design capacity of 24Tbps over three-fibre pairs and uses advanced 100Gbps technology in anticipation of the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia. The cable’s main endpoints in Singapore, Palermo Italy and Marseilles France are are carrier neutral points of presence.

“The completion of the SE-ME-WE 5 project is a landmark system upgrade for all data users worldwide,” SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium management committee chairperson Linette Lee said.

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