Tata Indicom meets broadband challenge with new submarine cable

17 May 2004

Tata Indicom is to lay its own undersea cable link connecting Chennai with Singapore to meet rising demand from business, banks and financial institutions for broadband-based services such as video-on-demand and video streaming. The link will be the second undersea cable landing in India after the eight terabit capacity i2i cable and will have initial capacity for 320Gbps, once operational in the fourth quarter of this year; capacity will be incrementally scaled up to 5.12 terabits. US-based Tyco Telecommunications has been awarded a turnkey project to deploy the 3,175km cable. Although no official figures have been disclosed, the contract is estimated to be worth between USD450 million and USD500 million.