InterDnestrCom (IDC), the main provider of telecoms services in the breakaway Moldovan republic of Transnistria (Trans-Dniester), has announced that it is expanding its fibre-optic coverage within the region. As such, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services are being deployed in Kamenka, Dubossary, Grigoriopol, Slobozea and Dnestrovsk. The new connections are expected to be made available on a commercial basis in 3Q14. Founded in 1998, IDC currently provides CDMA and LTE-based wireless services in Transnistria, as well as ADSL and FTTH broadband connectivity. The company also offers wireline and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony and pay-TV.
Transnistria, which has been governed as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) since the War of Transnistria in 1992, was last month cited as a potential geopolitical flashpoint by NATO’s commander in Europe, following Russia’s actions in Crimea. Situated on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine, Transnistria is home to around 2,000 Russian troops and an arms dump capable of resupplying an army. Because of the heavy Russian military presence in Transnistria, the European Court of Human Rights considers Transnistria ‘under the effective authority or at least decisive influence of Russia’.