VSNL to construct 200 million TGN-Intra Asia Cable System

Nov. 1, 2007
NOVEMBER 1, 2007 -- The TGN-Intra Asia Submarine Cable System will link Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan with an additional connection to the Philippines and potentially Vietnam.

NOVEMBER 1, 2007 -- VSNL (search for VSNL), a communications solutions provider based in India, says it is proceeding with the construction of the TGN-Intra Asia cable system, which will be constructed by Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc. (search for Tyco Telecommunications). The TGN-Intra Asia submarine cable is a new four-fiber-pair cable system linking Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan with an additional connection to the Philippines, and potentially Vietnam. This cable will provide up to 3.8 Tbits/sec of capacity to the Asia-Pacific market.

The TGN-Intra Asia cable, when combined with the Tata Indicom Cable System (TIC) and the TGN-Pacific cable system (both of which are capable of supporting more than 7 Tbits/sec of traffic), will complete VSNL's multi-terabit capability from India to Asia and onward to the US. The cable will provide a direct connection from Singapore to VSNL's Transpacific Network in Japan, avoiding any other landing points and connecting to the TGN-Pacific cable system directly at the landing station. With Globe Telecom as the exclusive cable landing party in the Philippines, the Philippines will also be linked to Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore with onward connectivity to Guam and the US.

"This is the first and only cable system that provides a direct fiber link between Singapore and Japan," said Vinod Kumar, president, global data solutions, VSNL. "The cable's direct connection to the TGN-Pacific cable system enables the most cost-effective, highly resilient connections from Asia to the US West Coast and Guam. This extensive infrastructure build out, which is already underway, will serve the increased and rapidly growing demand for bandwidth in the region and provide our customers with unparalleled high performance bandwidth capabilities and increased options for route diversity and redundancy."

Gil B. Genio, head of carrier services for Globe Telecom and CEO of Innove Communications, commented, "Globe's investment participation in VSNL's TGN-Intra Asia Cable System allows us to significantly increase our Asian capacity to meet the growing demand and provide resilient and geographically diverse supply. When combined with investments in the TGN-Pacific cable system and associated new cable landing station and backhaul, we will significantly improve the competitiveness of the Philippines as a prime destination for outsourcing companies."

"PCCW is committed to investing in the TGN-Intra Asia Cable System in order to meet promising market demand from enterprises and service providers," Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global, remarked, "PCCW has forecast an increasing demand for highly resilient networks in the intra-Asia region and the Intra Asia cable is well positioned to support the growing demand for telecom services. PCCW intends to integrate the additional capacity into our robust Asia backbone and further extend the interconnection to our global network."

"EVNTelecom decided to join with VSNL in the Intra Asia project because international interconnection is playing an important role in Vietnam open market," said EVNTelecom CEO Nguyen Manh Bang. "EVNTelecom is proud to be the second Vietnamese telecom provider to have submarine cable to land into Vietnam as this cable will supplement significant international capacity to be interconnected to Vietnam."

The Intra-Asia cable will also support VSNL's IP transit and dedicated global Ethernet services. VSNL is currently evaluating plans to develop future extensions of the cable system into Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China, and has obtained commitments for other investment partnerships that will be announced in the near future. The TGN-Intra Asia cable is currently under construction and on schedule to be completed by June 2008.

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