By Lightwave

The Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) fiber-optic cable system, which connects Western Europe and the Middle East via a series of submarine and terrestrial fiber-optic networks, is now in operation. Rostelecom, a cofounder of the consortium that funded the fiber network, announced the milestone late last week.

The network, which is about 10,000 km long, runs from Frankfurt across Eastern Europe, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and the Persian Gulf to the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, Muscat. It has an initial capacity of 540 Gbps and a design capacity of up to 3.2 Tbps.

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