Telia’s wholesale arm has established a new cable route between Stockholm and St. Petersburg and upgraded submarine cables to boost its network capacity.

The new route diversifies Telia Carrier’s network, allowing the company to service increasing traffic coming into Europe from Asia.

Further, Telia Carrier said it enabled it to provide services exceeding 100G to customers in the Baltics and Russia.

The network extension takes the most direct route between the two cities via Tallinn, Estonia, measuring just under 900 km.

In addition to the establishment of a new route, existing subsea cables across the Baltic Sea have been upgraded with Flex-Grid technology.

Johan Godal, Global Product Manager, Wavelength and Network Outsourcing Services at Telia Carrier, said that the company’s continuing eastward push would allow it to stay ahead of increasing backbone traffic due to higher content demand.

Telia Carrier, rebranded from TeliaSonera International Carrier last year, owns 200 points-of-presence in Asia, Europe and the US.

Like-for-like revenues fell 7.7 percent year-on-year to SEK 4.6 billion (€483 million) in the first nine months of 2016, but EBITDA rose over 28 percent to SEK 355 million (37 million).

Its parent posted a loss of SEK 8.8 billion (€925 million) over the same period, mainly due to a settlement related to bribery allegations over its entry into Uzbekistan in 2007.

In December, Telia announced an organisational restructure that saw Telia Carrier fit into a new unit called Corporate Holdings that also includes the operator's shareholdings in Turkcell, Megafon, LMT and Lattelekom.

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