Tata Communications and Middle Eastern Operators Launch Strategic Gulf Cable ProjectBy Tata Communications Limited, PRNE
Monday, November 23, 2009
New TGN-Gulf Cable System Will Connect the Region Directly to India and to the Rest of the World
MUMBAI, India, November 24 - Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of
communications, as part of its strategic intent to participate and assist in
the rapid development of the Middle East Region, has signed strategic
partnership agreements with several of the major telecommunications Operators
in the Middle East to construct a new cable system into the Gulf. The new
cable will connect the Region directly to the world's major business hubs and
city centres via Tata's Global Network (the TGN).
The partners, 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 the
exclusive landing party for the TGN Gulf Cable System in their respective
geography. The cable and the relationships with the landing parties will be
further developed to provide an extended portfolio of value added services
for local and global enterprise customers who are very active in this rapidly
expanding emerging market.
Vinod Kumar, President and COO of Tata Communications, said:
"This partnership with the top operators in the Middle East to build the TGN
Gulf Cable System underscores our aspirations to be a key player in the
emerging markets space. Each of these partnerships will create mutual
benefits that will multiply steadily as companies in the Middle East expand
out to the rest of the world and as global MNCs seek connectivity to expand
their operations to this fast growing region."
The TGN-Gulf Cable System and its associated worldwide reach
provide new dimensions to the infrastructure and unique service capabilities
for each of the partners. Using their own cable station, each party will have
access to a new high-speed route to the globe and bring in much needed
resilience and diversity to the infrastructure in each country. This capacity
will enable the expansion in broadband penetration, Internet usage and
enterprise applications in each market.
Mr. Mohamed Al-Thawadi the Executive Director of Bahrain
Internet Exchange (BIX) said "BIX has been providing services to the Internet
Service Providers (ISPs) since 2005 with the objectives of ensuring high
speed at low costs. This new submarine cable system represents a significant
telecommunications infrastructure investment for BIX and will cater for the
high-speed and broadband international connectivity requirements for
enterprises based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It allows for the fast and cost
effective provisioning of capacity from the Kingdom of Bahrain to the world's
major business hubs and city centres. By providing an additional cable system
through the TGN-Gulf, BIX will enable much needed capacity growth to maintain
the unprecedented expansion in data, Internet and media traffic usage as well
as improving physical diversity and overall connectivity out of the Kingdom
of Bahrain. BIX also foresees a huge reduction in prices as compared to the
current situation, which will be beneficial to all the users of the Internet."
Nawras Chief Executive Officer, Ross Cormack, said, "Nawras
combines great value and pleasingly different service to consistently deliver
the highest levels of customer-friendly communication services for customers.
This is why we choose to work with the most experienced partners and those
recognized for being leading global providers of communication delivery
solutions. In cementing this agreement with TATA, we are really enthusiastic
to be building our own international connection to the rest of the world to
provide Nawras customers with the quality of international service and value
added services which they rightly demand.
Mr. Ahmed Derbesti (Executive Director International Services)
of Qtel Q.S.C. "Qtel is delighted to announce this agreement with TATA, which
will bring a new global, and much needed resilient, submarine cable to Qatar.
The enhanced capacity provided by this cabling solution will help ensure
rapid growth of Broadband Services across Qatar. We are also proud to be
representing Qatar as part of this major alliance, which commits to deliver
efficient International telecom services to the people of the Gulf."
Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Tamami, COO of Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) in the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia said that the partnership agreement is in line with Mobily's
plans to provide global connectivity and reach and high bandwidth for the
company's data arm Bayanat Al-Oula, providing high quality data and voice
services that will boost the Kingdom's information-driven business sector. He
also noted that TGN will complement Mobily's existing Fiber Optic Network
that links the Kingdom's regions and neighboring countries and be able to
leverage such connectivity and reach to serve the national, regional and
international clients. "Mobily is delighted to partner Tata Communications
and tap on one of the world's largest submarine cable networks that
complement Mobily's existing regional infrastructure. The deal will enhance
connectivity and services between Mobily's customers in Saudi Arabia and the
rest of the world," Al-Tamami said.
Mr. Ali Amiri, EVP - Carrier & Wholesale Services of Emirates
Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) said, "Partnering with Tata
Communications to increase the region's resiliency, connectivity and capacity
through a new cable to India and the rest of the world is a strategic move
which will benefit everyone. This new cable, with it's dual UAE landings,
will provide additional resiliency and diversity to our global connectivity
solutions. Needless to say, the UAE economy as well as those in neighboring
markets who choose to be connected through TGN-Gulf cable will tremendously
benefit from Etisalat's diversified connectivity and extended reach."
Radwan Moussalli, Tata Communications' Managing Director for
Middle East and North Africa (MENA), said: "The TGN Gulf cable system will be
added to the global network that Tata Communications already owns and
operates. We are delighted to be in partnership with such progressive and
committed companies to achieve this milestone to our global network. The
benefit derived from such partnerships will in turn benefit the Middle East
region - allowing the already progressive region to grow by leaps and bounds.
This step reiterates our commitment to the Middle East region."
The state-of-the-art cable system will connect the region to the rest of
the world via Tata's Global Network ensuring reliable high speed bandwidth
for the region.
About Tata Communications
Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new
world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata
Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed
solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian
The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and
largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to
more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of
data center and collocation space worldwide.
Tata Communications' depth and breadth of reach in emerging
markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in
global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South
Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United
Telecom Limited), and subject to approval by the Chinese government, China
(China Enterprise Communications).
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock
Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on
the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)
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