According to online sources, Roskomnadzor sent letters to telecom operators asking them to provide information about the use or plans to install Google Global Cache server equipment. Such servers are used to reduce the load on the backbone communication networks, as well as to increase the speed of user access to the company’s services.
According to RBC, the fact of receiving letters from the federal service was confirmed by several companies that are members of the Association of Telecommunication Operators. The letter says that this information is collected within the framework of the so-called law on the “sovereign Internet”, and the relevant information must be transferred to Roskomnadzor in “As soon as possible”…
As for the Global Cache servers themselves, Google hosts them on the networks of major Internet providers around the world. This approach allows to reduce the load on the backbone communication networks and increase the speed of user access to the company’s services. First of all, this equipment is used to increase the speed of uploading videos to YouTube. For example, when a user from Russia requests to watch a video on YouTube, it is downloaded and saved to the Google Global Cache servers. Due to this, the same video for other users from our country will load much faster than if it was broadcast from Google servers located abroad.
A Roskomnadzor spokesman said that “information about the load on the network is necessary to assess the stability of the unified telecommunication network“. Despite the fact that some regional telecom operators confirmed receipt of letters from Roskomnadzor, representatives of the largest Internet providers Rostelecom and Er-Telecom Holding said they had not received such requests from the regulator. Representatives of VimpelTelecom, Megafon and TransTeleCom declined to comment on this issue.
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