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Tata Communications connects continents through fibre optic network

Veronica C. Silva | March 28, 2012
Cable system cuts across Middle East to Asia, Europe and the US.

Tata Communications recently announced the launch of its Gulf and Eurasian cabling system that now connects major continents through a fibre optic network.

The Mumbai-based communications giant said its Tata Global Network (TGN)-Gulf cable system now connects India to the Middle East while the Tata Global Network - Eurasia (TGN-EA) cable connects Europe to Asia, the Middle East and the US, making the network a "global fibre optic network."

The TGN-Gulf cable system was completed in partnership with Middle East companies, namely: Nawras of Oman, Etisalat of UAE, Qtel of Qatar, Bahrain Internet Exchange of Bahrain, and Mobily of Saudi Arabia. Tata Communications said the TGN-Gulf system is the "first TGN cable to serve the Gulf region" and designed to provide carriers and businesses with a direct route into the emerging markets of the Gulf region. The cable system is ideal for broadband data and high quality voice services.

With these recent updates, including the TGN Eurasia network, Tata Communications is claiming to have the "world's first wholly owned cable network ring around the worlds." The global network offers companies cost-efficiencies as the network connects city-to-city worldwide compared to traditional cable landing links. Tata Communications said the subsea network is easy to maintain and flexible.

Global customers

Tata Communications said the global network was built to cater to global customers providing 24x7 e-commerce.

"Our customers, whether a European auto-manufacturer, an Asian hotel group or a large US financial services firm, need to compete in global markets and are demanding faster and more reliable worldwide connectivity. Companies and carriers in developed and emerging economies require the confidence and security delivered by a wholly-owned network such as Tata Communications' TGN," said Vinod Kumar, managing director and CEO, Tata Communications. 

The TGN-Gulf cable system, which will initially offer speeds of up to 10G, offers an infrastructure to key emerging markets including China, India, South Africa as well as the Gulf region. These regions currently cover nearly 20 percent of the world's Internet routes reaching over 240 countries and territories.

Emerging markets

"The TGN-Gulf subsea cable system will act as the foundation for growth and technological innovation for businesses in one of the fastest growing emerging markets in the world. It is well positioned to meet the ever-growing demand for high-bandwidth voice and data services, lower latencies, higher uptimes and seamless scalability," said Radwan Moussalli, managing director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Tata Communications.

The TGN-EA ring stretches 9,280 km to link Europe and India, running across the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Tata Communications said the network offers customers the lowest levels of latency and with speeds from 2Mbps to 10Gbps available.

With the TGN-EA global ring, Tata Communications said it now owns and operates the world's largest subsea cable network which reaches countries representing 99.7 percent of the world's GDP.


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