Telecom & Wireless

VSNL Plans US$200 Million in Intra-Asia Cable

VSNL International is planning to build a new multi-terabit submarine cable system linking Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

This new intra-Asia cable will enable VSNL International to better serve its global customers doing business in and with the burgeoning Asia-Pacific markets.

This investment follows the recent announcement by VSNL to build a new system from India to Europe that will provide connectivity to the Gulf region and the African continent. The intra-Asia cable, when combined with the Tata Indicom Cable System (TIC) and the TGN-Pacific cable system (both of which are built with 8 fibre pairs capable of supporting 7+ Tbit/s of traffic), will complete VSNL International's multi-Terabit capability from India to Asia and onward to the US.

"With Asian bandwidth demand forecasted to grow at an average of 27% CAGR, VSNL International is taking steps to expand its capacity to serve customers in the booming intra-Asia market," says Vinod Kumar, President VSNL International. "This new high-capacity cable system, soon to be one of the region's largest, combined with our existing C2C capacity and TGN-P capacity, will enable us to deliver high-performance bandwidth at the most cost-effective pricing and fulfil our strategy to become the market leader in bandwidth supply."

VSNL International will commence construction of the new intra-Asia cable by December 2006. The scheduled build time for the project is 12-14 months. The company is already in the process of finalizing design details, selecting suppliers and identifying additional partners for the project. Future potential landing stations for the cable include locations in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Guam.

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