The terrestrial path between the Far East and Europe has been gaining importance steadily over the last 5-10 years, and today another option was unveiled. RETN and Transtelecom (Kazakhstan) have partnered to launch TRANSKZ, which connects RETN's European network with Hong Kong by crossing Kazakhstan.
The two have pieced together two new, lower latency routes from the Russian border to Dostyk on the Chinese/Kazakhstan border, one via a northern route through Astana and the other via a southern route through Almaty. From there they pick up fiber, presumably from a Chinese carrier, that gets them the rest of the way to Hong Kong in southeast China, with the round trip latency varying between 166ms and 180ms depending on which route.
RETN will use the new path to better serve financial customers in markets like London and Frankfurt, offering them up to 10G pipes via a new low latency option to the Far East.
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