Tata Communications launches global 10GbE service

JULY 21, 2009 -- The provider is making available wholesale 10-Gigabit Ethernet in 25 cities and 11 countries.

JULY 21, 2009 -- Tata Communications (search Lightwave for Tata Communications) has launched a new 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) service to help service providers meet growing market demands for high-speed, secure, and cost-effective bandwidth.

As part of Tata Communications' Ethernet services portfolio, 10GbE leverages Tata Communications' global network to satisfy large-scale, wholesale needs for high-speed Ethernet technology across the Atlantic and Pacific and within Asia including India. Available in 25 major cities in 11 countries worldwide, the service connects all key business centers over the self-owned TGN (Tata Global Network) cable system.

"Tata Communications' 10 GigE service is a cost-effective alternative for customers who need large bandwidths on a truly global scale. Our availability in 25 cities worldwide is unmatched in the industry," claims John Hoffman, head of Ethernet services for Tata Communications. "This service gives customers the flexibility of using LAN PHY or WAN PHY interfaces. Most customers desire LAN PHY interfaces to further reduce costs, but not all providers can offer these LAN PHY interfaces to their customers."

With a transparent pipe offering both LAN PHY and WAN PHY interfaces, 10 GbE features full-service frame transparency with no quality-of-service (QoS) restrictions, says the provider. Frames are forwarded in the order received, ensuring all customer traffic flows in order and without restriction. Customers may choose between protected or unprotected circuits. The service, which features MEF 6.1 defined Ethernet Private Line (EPL) point-to-point configuration so customers' data is isolated and travels on its own Ethernet pipe, is a dedicated, secure service.

The 10GbE service integrates seamlessly with Tata Communications' global network infrastructure including regional cable systems such as TGN-Atlantic, TGN-Northern Europe, TGN-Western Europe, TGN- Pacific, and TGN-TIC, and new investments like the TGN-Intra Asia Cable, a 6,700-km multiterabit cable system that connects Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan; and the TGN-Eurasia Cable, providing express connectivity between India and Europe.

"The ability to deliver 10GigE service on a global scale makes Tata Communications stand out in the global Ethernet services market," says Soh Siow-Meng, senior analyst for global telecom services at Current Analysis (search Lightwave for Current Analysis). "Service providers looking for a cost-effective option to meet the increasing demand for international bandwidth will find Tata Communications' new service attractive."

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