Tata, China Telecom collaborate on India-China cable

5 Jan 2010

Indian telecoms firm Tata Communications has sealed a deal with China Telecom to jointly roll out a fibre-optic cable connecting the two countries, India’s Economic Times reports. The twelve-month long project will see the launch of a new 500km cable to provide high speed connectivity between India and China. ‘The India-China Terrestrial Cable will go a long way in meeting the business needs of two of the world’s fastest emerging economies,’ noted senior VP at Tata Communications, Byron J. Clatterbuck, adding, ‘The new route, coupled with Tata Communications’ other subsea cable investments, will also provide a new high speed connectivity path between Europe and Asia by transiting India and China.’ The Tata Global Network currently provides connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, India’s Reliance Communications (RCOM) and China Telecom commercially launched the first terrestrial cable link between India and China in August 2009, connecting the northeastern Indian town of Siliguri to Yadong in China.

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