Tata Communications has announced the completion of the first round the world optical cable network.
The company has finished the final link across Egypt, to enable the official launch of the Tata Global Network - Eurasia (TGN-EA) cable, which connects India to Europe.
Tata's global undersea cable network now reaches countries representing 99.7 per cent of the world's GDP.
The TGN-EA system runs for 9,280km, connecting Mediterranean Europe with India via the Middle East. The connection has low levels of latency, with RTD around 92 msec, and transmission speeds from 2Mbit/s to 10Gbit/s.
Tata is offering an express cable route from Europe to India with improved latency, redundancy and scalability, and the network also uses city-to-city connections in contrast to more traditional networks which only link cable landing stations. This approach is more cost-effective, flexible and provides a faster time to market delivery, as well as being easier to maintain and manage.
Vinod Kumar, managing director and CEO, Tata Communications, said: "Our customers, whether a European auto-manufacturer, an Asian hotel group or a large U.S. 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.
"This a landmark moment for Tata Communications as we officially launch the world's first wholly-owned global submarine cable network as a complete and robust ring around the world," he added.
Tata also announced the launch of its TGN-Gulf subsea cable system that will connect the Gulf to Mumbai. The network, developed in partnership with Nawras of Oman, Etisalat of UAE, Qtel of Qatar, Bahrain Internet Exchange of Bahrain, and Mobily of Saudi Arabia, will offer network access to UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, with speeds of up to 10G.
Radwan Moussalli, managing director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Tata Communications, said: "Tata Communications' global connectivity services are built on the world's largest and most advanced global submarine cable network available today, enabling carriers and enterprises to connect across the globe. 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."