By Interoute

London, Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest next-generation network, today announced that it has expanded its network to Moscow in response to a surge in demand from enterprises looking for connectivity in the region.  The new Point of Presence (PoP) in Moscow is providing businesses and service providers alike with fast, cost effective access to the rest of Europe and resilient, high quality voice and data services to support their operations. Interoute's network expansion provides Russia with part of the infrastructure investment it is seeking as it strives to diversify its economy away from oil, its largest and most volatile export.

With Russia's population reaching over 140 million, the huge demand for goods and services in the region holds enormous potential for enterprises seeking to expand their international presence.  Enterprises like SunGard, a leading software and IT services company, are experiencing an increasing demand for financial services around trading inRussia and are looking to Interoute to support their operations in the region with services such as Ethernet high-speed networks. Interoute can provide businesses with the same high quality levels of connectivity and customer service that they experience in the rest of Europe.

Gareth Williams, CEO at Interoute, comments: “Russia is the largest untapped market in Europe, and for any multinational company a presence in the region is increasingly becoming a strategic requisite rather than a ‘nice to have'.  By choosing the right partner to enter the market, or to strengthen an existing operation, a business can reduce time to market, as well as remove concerns about quality of service.  Our PoP in Moscow can only serve to strengthen our role as a digital bridge connecting European enterprises to emerging markets.”

Russia has one of the fastest growing internet populations in Europe, with internet users in Moscow doubling from 27 per cent to 60 per cent between 2002 and 2009.  The rest of the country recorded faster growth, increasing almost six fold from five to thirty per cent during the same period*.

As Interoute had two separate diverse routes to Moscow that are based on Ethernet over SDH it is able to guarantee high levels of resilience and quality for its customers.

This diverse route provides a crucial digital communications link for European Enterprises and service providers wanting to do business in Russia and the surrounding regions. Interoute offers international customers a broad range of services including connectivity, VPN services, managed hosting, Unified Communications and VoIP solutions.

About Interoute

Interoute is the owner operator of Europe's most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, encompassing over 57,000 km of lit fibre and 59 data centres. Its full-service next generation network serves international enterprises from a broad range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, finance, pharmaceutical and retail, plus every major European incumbent, as well as the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments, universities and research agencies. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for hosting content, providing wholesale bandwidth and transit services, corporate connectivity or creating new services. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, North America and Dubai Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe's major business centres. More than €1 billion in e-commerce transactions flows through its data centres each day, making Interoute a key part of Europe's Digital Supply Chain.

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the world's leading software and IT services companies.  SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.  SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector.   SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.

With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented six times.  For more information, please visit SunGard