Tata Communications, partners tout TGN Gulf cable project

FEBRUARY 23, 2010 -- Tata Communications and its partners have unveiled details of the TGN Gulf undersea cable network project.

FEBRUARY 23, 2010 -- Tata Communications and its partners have unveiled details of the TGN Gulf undersea cable network project.

The new cable system, on which work began during October 2009 and which is slated to be completed during 2011, will connect the region to the rest of the world via the Tata Global Network (TGN). Using its own cable station, each party will have access to a new high-speed route to the globe and at the same time add much needed resilience and diversity to the infrastructure in each country. The capacity will also help to support the continued expansion in broadband penetration, Internet usage, and enterprise applications in each market, the parties say.

Tata and the other carriers – which include Bahrain Internet Exchange in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Nawras of Oman, Qatar Telecom of Qatar, Mobily of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates -- will each be an exclusive landing party for the TGN Gulf Cable System. Tata Communications and its partners say they intend to build on this cable project as part of strategic relationships that will support the development of an extended portfolio of advanced telecommunications services such as global Ethernet, MPLS-based VPN, managed security, infrastructure as a service, and global telepresence.

Tyco Telecommunications will provide construction services. The project was first announced last November.

Tata Communications also says it will earmark around $200 million for the development of its telecom operations in the region over the next two years.

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