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September 07, 2012

TeliaSonera Provides a Fiber Optic Network in Europe, the United States and Beyond

By Rich Steeves, TMCnet Web Editor

The company now known as TeliaSonera (News - Alert) had its roots in northern Europe, but since then, it has expanded throughout that continent and into Asia and North America and, in the near future, it hopes to extend its fiber optic network throughout the world.

Right now, TeliaSonera, which started as Telia in Sweden and Sonera in Finland before the two came together, has mobile operations in 20 countries with more than 170 million mobile customers in the Nordic, Balkan and former Soviet regions of Europe. But on the wholesale side, its international carrier division is looking to expand its already extensive fiber optic network that the company has built from the ground up.

In Europe, it sells dark fiber to Ethernet and IP services. TeliaSonera is connected to the United States and runs dark fiber throughout the country, focusing on wholesale IP transit, 10G, Ethernet and other services to large carriers, content providers and gaming companies. The company is looking to expand its fiber, building more diversity and availability. Since it owns its infrastructure, it can offer its customers full support and the ability to scale. According to Ivo Pascucci (News - Alert), sales director of the Americas for TeliaSonera, Canada is an area of future growth. It also has a presence in Hong Kong and Singapore and is looking to expand connectivity across the Pacific and west across Asia.

In an exclusive interview with TMC (News - Alert), Pascucci stated that the company prides itself on its customer relationships, having won several awards in Europe. It has a large customer base and uses its vast experience to understand what customers need and provide quality and support. TeliaSonera focuses on the wholesale space, building its business to provide the best possible customer service in that space.

According to Pascucci, TeliaSonera considers itself the carrier of the future. Since people nowadays want access to their data instantly no matter where they are, the “anywhereization” relies heavily on networks. TeliaSonera has reach and presence and the ability to scale, dealing with unpredictable traffic flows. After all, whether I am conducting a high-value financial trade with a firm in Chicago or gaming online with a friend in South Carolina, latency is a huge issue. Consumers want interactions in real time at the “speed of fiber.” And TeliaSonera is poised to provide that – all around the world.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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