VSNL and Bharti to spend USD40 million each on undersea cable

15 Sep 2005

Indian telcos Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) and Bharti Tele-Ventures are expected to invest around USD40 million each to launch the Indian landing stations of undersea cable SEA-ME-WE-4 linking Europe and Asia. VSNL is setting up a station in Mumbai on the west coast whilst Bharti is building the second station in Chennai; both are due to be operational by the end of the year. VSNL, part of the Tata Group, has been appointed network administrator for the USD500 million submarine cable, which is being built by a consortium of 16 telcos and will span 15,000km to link Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France.

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