Earlier this week, RETN unveiled a newly completed upgrade on the terrestrial path between Europe and the Far East. It’s an improvement to the company’s TRANSKZ network that was finished up last month in partnership with Transtelecom JSC.
TRANSKZ now supports three diverse routes across central Asia to the Chinese border, the North Way, the South Way, and the Central Way. The Central Way supports connectivity from Frankfurt to Hong Kong at RTD latency of 150.56 ms. That puts RETN in a strong position hooking up the financial markets in both regions. At least until they finally get those Arctic cable projects going at last.
Of all the routes in global internet infrastructure, the ones that always seem to take the least direct paths always seem to connect Europe and the Far East. It has generally been easier and cheaper to go undersea the long way round than to deal with the geographical and political realities of crossing Asia terrestrially. Perhaps this new infrastructure is part of a shift back to land? I suppose the ultimate key to building terrestrial infrastructure is having markets along the way that are desirable to reach.
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