Tata Communications Announces Participation in West African Cable System



    JOHANNESBURG, April 16 /CNW/ - Tata Communications, a leading provider of
a new world of communications, has announced its participation in the US$600
million, new West African Cable System. This investment will further boost
Tata Communications' global reach and enhance the company's investments in the
region.
    A multinational consortium of leading telecommunications operators
recently signed a Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) and Supply
Contract for the implementation of the West Africa Cable System (WACS).
    WACS is a submarine fibre optic cable that will link countries in
Southern Africa, Western Africa and Europe, with at least 3.84 terabits per
second of international bandwidth. The planned landing points include South
Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of
Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Canary
Islands, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The landings in Namibia, the DRC,
the Republic of Congo and Togo will provide the first direct connections for
these countries to the global submarine cable network.
    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks has been contracted to supply the
14,000 km long cable system with all associated landing points, which is
expected to be ready for service by 2011.
    Costing about US$600-million, the project has brought together a
multitude of nations and some of the world's most influential
telecommunications players in a joint effort to use state-of-the-art
technology in linking more people more efficiently than ever before.
    The West Africa Cable System represents a significant telecommunications
infrastructure investment through a joint effort of a number of African and
Global operators and will have ample capacity to serve the region's
international connectivity needs for many years to come.
    The telecommunications companies that have signed the WACS Construction
and Maintenance Agreement include Angola Telecom, Broadband Infraco, Cable &
Wireless, MTN, Telecom Namibia, Portugal Telecom, Sotelco, Tata
Communications, Telkom SA, Togo Telecom and Vodacom.
    WACS will provide Africa with faster and better connectivity to Europe
and the world at far cheaper rates; savings which will be passed onto
consumers.
    "We are very pleased to be participating in the West Africa Cable System.
The investment is another step for Tata Communications in bolstering its
capabilities in the African market, and will enhance our service propositions
together with our partner Neotel in bringing added diversity into South
Africa." said Mr. Byron Clatterbuck, Senior Vice President-Global Transmission
Services at Tata Communications.

    About Tata Communications

    Tata Communications, a member of the US$62.5 billion Tata Group, is a
leading global provider of a new world of communications. The emerging markets
communications leader leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions
to multi-national and Indian enterprises, service providers and Indian
consumers.
    Tata Communications' range of services include transmission, IP,
converged voice, mobility, managed network connectivity, hosting and storage,
managed security, managed collaboration and business transformation for global
enterprises and service providers, as well as Internet, retail broadband and
content services for Indian consumers. The Tata Global Network encompasses one
of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP
network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 300 Pops, and
more than 1 million square feet of data centre and co-location facilities.
    Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach
includes a national fibre backbone network and access to network in over 60
cities and 125 Pops in India, strategic investments in South African converged
services operator, Neotel, Sri Lanka and Nepal and, subject to fulfilment of
conditions precedent, a 50% ownership in China Enterprise Communications (CEC)
providing full country VPN coverage in China.
    Servicing customers from its offices in over 80 cities in 40 countries,
Tata Communications is the number one global international wholesale voice
operator and number one provider of international long distance, enterprise
data and Internet services in India, the Company was named "Best Wholesale
Carrier" at the World Communications Awards in 2006, "Best Pan-Asian Wholesale
Provider" at the 2006 and 2007 Capacity Magazine Global Wholesale
Telecommunications Awards and was awarded "Best Progress in Emerging Markets"
at the 2008 Mobile Communication Awards.
    Tata Communications Limited along with its global subsidiaries, (Tata
Communications), is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock
Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
(NYSE:   TCL)

    Forward-looking and cautionary statements

    Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata
Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those
relating to Tata Communications' expected financial position, business
strategy, the future development of Tata Communications' operations, and the
general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements
involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including
financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry
growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or
achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially
from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The
important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements
to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among
others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications'
network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer
demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete
commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new
products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to
stabilise or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company's
communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and
changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular,
changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications' industry; and,
in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional
factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata
Communications' control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors
discussed in Tata Communications' various filings with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at
http://www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and
expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking
statements.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: S Ravindran, Tata
Communications, +91-9223306610, ravindran.s@tatacommunications.com; Media
agency: STC Associates, +65-9168-1147, Vetriveal@stcassociates.com

Organization Profile

TATA COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890