Time to step back from the domestic market, and take note of a fiber build off in one of the more remote places in the world. Rostelecom is in the process of building fiber to 34 markets in the Trans-Baikal region. Ok, markets might be a bit of a stretch there, as I see other reports call them 'settlements' or 'agglomerations' but still. The Russian telecommunications giant is adding 450km of fiberoptics on the Amur highway, bringing Amur Oblast online. If you didn't know where that was until today, here's a map from Wikipedia:
From there Rostelecom is planning to forge ahead and build fiber into Khabarovsk Krai and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, the provinces to the northeast and southeast. Wish I had the fiber maps for those... hint hint. Here's a pic of one stretch of the Amur highway:
There's more to this of course than hooking up the hinterlands, Rostelecom is angling for more international traffic by beefing up its terrestrial connectivity options between the Far East and Europe.
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