India’s Tata Communications has announced the completion of what it claims to be the world’s first wholly-owned round-the-world fibre-optic cable network, following the official launch of its Tata Global Network-Eurasia (TGN-EA) cable. The 9,280km TGN-EA system connects Europe to India, through Egypt, bringing increased capacity, resilience and enhanced communications links to the Middle East and the rest of the world. The completion of the final link across Egypt enables Tata to offer its customers access to a wholly-owned express route cable from Europe to India with improved latency, redundancy and scalability. In conjunction with the company’s recently launched Tata Global Network-Gulf (TGN-Gulf) cable system, which connects Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to Mumbai, India and onwards to the rest of the world via the Tata Global Network (TGN), these routes will cater to the increasing demand for voice, video and data services in and out of the Gulf region. ‘This a landmark moment for Tata Communications as we officially launch the world’s first wholly-owned global submarine cable network as a complete and robust ring around the world,’ commented Vinod Kumar, managing director and CEO of Tata Communications. In contrast to more traditional networks which only link cable landing stations, the round-the-world ring also offers city-to-city connections, which are more cost-effective, flexible and provides a faster time to market delivery, as well as being easier to maintain and manage.