MTS ENHANCES CAPACITY OF THE MOSCOW - ST. PETERSBURG INTRA-CITY LINE
Monday, January 28, 2013
MTS has completed modernization of the fiber-optic line between Moscow and St. Petersburg increasing its capacity 10 times from 400 Gb/s up to 4000 Gb/s. This intra-city network is vital for overall operation of the MTS’s mobile and fixed network as it provides for downloading data from many of the internet resources located outside Russia. Whether it’s an MMS sent from London to Moscow, or someone in Nizhny Novgorod watching a clip on youtube, the traffic is likely to go through this channel. Daily traffic in this line already exceeds one Petabyte, a third of total traffic in the MTS intra-city networks.
The increase in the throughput was prompted by the growing pressure on our networks from skyrocketing data traffic. At the end of 2012, our networks were transferring 2600 Terabytes per day, or 200 times the amount of data stored in the Russia’s National Library. Two years from now we expect the penetration of smartphones to rise up to 60%. Proliferation of smartphones, coupled with the roll-out of LTE networks in major cities will trigger annual data-traffic growth of four-five times. Hence, the need to invest in upgrading capacity of intra-city “arteria” that will satisfy the growing demand for data.
MTS’s fiber-optic network already encompasses over 140,000 km of lines. We continue to increase the network by building our backbone and backhaul networks and rolling-out GPON project in Moscow. In 2013, we also plan to enhance the capacity of the Moscow-Yekaterinburg line and conduct modernization of the intra-city lines in the Southern regions in order to increase data traffic exchange with Ukraine, the axis which is also used for data transfer from and to the Western Europe.