TeliaSonera has announced that the long-running project to extend fibre-optic links to Kostomuksha in northwestern Russia will become a reality next year. On the Finnish side of the border links are almost complete, while on the Russian side they are estimated to be ready by the summer of 2008. The new cable between Kuhmo and Kostomuksha will be the third data communication cable between Finland and Russia, and it is estimated it will benefit the 30,000 inhabitants of the city of Kostomuksha and the companies operating there, as well as the entire Northern Finland region. ‘The cable enables safe data transfer to companies in Finland and Russia, improves e-trading opportunities and creates the conditions for modernising border crossing and customs clearance,’ said Timo Aaltonen, Senior Manager at TeliaSonera Broadband Services in Finland.
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