You know, I have noticed that it's not often one gets to write about Mongolia and the internet in the same article, but apparently today is the day. Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) has announced a contract with GemNet, one of Mongolia's main fiber networks. Level 3 will be providing one of the company's main IP transit feeds which will bring US internet traffic to and from the country. It takes a lot of IP transit deals to get anywhere these days, but every little bit counts for Level 3 at the moment. Of course, Level 3 still doesn't have assets in Asia that I know of, so presumably Gemnet is dropping off the traffic in Seattle or San Luis Obispo or something.
Actually, although I spend a fair amount of time in Beijing - just a few hundred miles from the Mongolian border - I know little of the fiber assets up there although I'm sure they have connectivity south into China and north into Siberia. None of that fiber has yet made it onto my Asia-Pacific-Australia network maps page. I can't seem to reach GemNet.mn which Google seems to think is their website, but perhaps there is a network map somewhere out there to add to my list that someone can point me to?