China Telecom, Tata, RCOM, Bharti planning India-China cable

30 Sep 2010

AFP reports that China Telecom is in talks with three Indian telecoms carriers over a planned direct terrestrial fibre-optic cable connection between the two countries. China’s largest fixed line operator is in discussions with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Tata Communications (formerly VSNL) over a proposed above-ground cross-border cable link, according to Deng Xiao Feng, chairman of the Chinese firm’s Hong Kong-based international arm, quoted by the Wall Street Journal. The two super-states are currently linked by undersea cables, which are vulnerable to earthquakes, the reports added, noting that China Telecom has already laid a landline reaching the Chinese side of their common border. ‘We hope that this Sino-Indian land cable can start up as soon as possible and promote ties between the two fast-growing economies, because we know the demand is enormous,’ Deng told the US paper.