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First round-the-world submarine cable network launched

Tata Communications has announced the completion of the world’s first round-the-world fibre optic cable network.

The Tata Global Network – Eurasia (TGN-EA) cable connects Europe to India, through Egypt, which Tata says brings increased capacity, resilience and enhanced communications links to not only the Middle East, but to the rest of the world.

The completion of the final link across Egypt will gives Tata Communications customers unique to a wholly-owned express route cable from Europe to India which Tata says has improved latency, redundancy and scalability.

In conjunction with Tata's recently launched TGN-Gulf the routes will cater to the increasing demand for voice, video and data services in and out of the Gulf region.

“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,” said Vinod Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, Tata Communications.

“Companies and carriers in developed and emerging economies require the confidence and security delivered by a wholly-owned network such as Tata Communications’ TGN.”

The round-the-world ring also offers city-to-city connections in contrast to more traditional networks which only link cable landing stations.

Tata Communications says their approach is more cost-effective, flexible and provides a faster time to market delivery, as well as being easier to maintain and manage.

The completion of the final TGN-EA link follows significant investment from Tata Communications in its global network in recent years.

The TGN-EA cable system now interconnects Europe, India, the Gulf and Middle East seamlessly with the rest of the world while consistently providing higher quality bandwidth on a global scale.

Tata Communications owns and operates the world’s largest subsea cable network which reaches countries representing 99.7 per cent of the world’s GDP.

“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,” Kumar said.

The 9,280 km TGN-EA system which links Europe and India, running across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, uses fibre-optic technology based on microscopic glass fibres as thin as a strand of human hair, and offers customers the lowest levels of latency with RTD around 92 msec with speeds from 2Mbit/s to 10Gbit/s available.

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