VSNL plans India-Europe undersea cable

26 Apr 2006

India’s incumbent international telephony provider Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), is planning to invest more than USD300 million to roll out a 10,000km undersea cable linking India with Europe, according to the Economic Times, citing senior executives at the company. VSNL is implementing the project to cater for the predicted rise in demand for international bandwidth over the coming years. The cable is likely to be laid from Mumbai passing through Gulf and Egypt to France or Portugal. According to the report, VSNL is holding discussions with companies in the Middle East and southern Europe, including UAE-based Etisalat and Saudi Telecom, on taking bandwidth and/or buying a stake in the project. A full business plan is due to be drawn up by September.

India, Tata Communications