Tata, PCCW announce launch of TGN-IA international cable

25 Jun 2009

International carriers Tata Communications of India and PCCW Global, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s largest telecoms group PCCW, have announced the launch of the Tata Global Network-Intra Asia Cable System (TGN-IA), providing submarine fibre-optic connections between points of presence (PoPs) in Hong Kong, Japan (Tokyo) and Singapore. Following yesterday’s launch ceremony, the cable will enter commercial operation next month, branch extensions to the Philippines and Vietnam will be switched on by September, and the 6,700km-long TGN-IA network will offer aggregate bandwidth of 3.84Tbps between the five countries and territories, whilst linking to the wider international network of Tata (formerly VSNL). According to a PCCW Global press release, the cable is strategically designed and routed to avoid earthquake zones in the Asia-Pacific Region. PCCW Global is a significant stakeholder in the private cable venture, initiated and operated by Tata Communications.