MUMBAI, and BURLINGAME, CA, Sept. 8 /CNW/ -
- Member of the $62.5 Billion Tata Group Invests $11.5 Million in
Award-Winning CDN Company
Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications,
and BitGravity, Inc., a next-generation Content Delivery Network (CDN) for
interactive broadcasting, announced today the worldwide launch of Tata
Communications' CDN service powered by BitGravity. With more than 300 points
of presence worldwide, Tata Communications now offers the first truly global
CDN service on a state of the art, single ASN global IP network throughout
Europe, Asia, North America and India.
Tata Communications, which announced a strategic partnership with
BitGravity in March, 2008, has also invested $11.5 million in convertible debt
in BitGravity, validating the company's content delivery platform as a key
benefit in Tata Communications' value-added services offering. In turn,
BitGravity has named Tata Communications' Chief Technology Officer, John
Hayduk to its Board of Directors. Tata Communications' financial backing of
BitGravity confirms Tata Communications' commitment to develop and offer
innovative technology solutions to its global customers.
"The launch of Tata Communications' CDN service is a major milestone in
our strategic roadmap to offer unparalleled managed services globally. We
chose to work with BitGravity because it has the best architecture and
technology to deliver high quality content and video," said Vinod Kumar, Chief
Operating Officer, Tata Communications. "Together, Tata Communications and
BitGravity's capabilities are a formidable force to deliver high quality
content and video."
Tata Communications' next-generation CDN service, powered by BitGravity's
technology, delivers the highest performance and reliability in the industry
while providing immediate access to content, including High-Definition Video,
without delay or jitter, and the highest levels of throughput for end users.
Fast forwarding, cache clearing, resolution switching and rate throttling are
just a few of the features that enable customers to build a robust and
engaging application into a Flash Player.
"Video will soon become over 80% of the traffic on the Internet and
content delivery will become strategic for every carrier. Carriers without a
CDN strategy will inevitably become insignificant and will lose the economy of
scale required to be competitive. This is a strategic endeavor for both Tata
Communications and BitGravity and sends a bold message to the global CDN
market," said Berge Avayzian, Chief Strategy Officer of Yankee Group.
"Global reach will be table stakes for content delivery and we are
excited to receive funding and support from a strong strategic investor like
Tata Communications that will enable us to effectively integrate our CDN
architecture with their worldwide backbone and provide an unmatched user
experience. Tata Communications' extensive relationships within and outside of
the communications industry will accelerate the deployment and penetration of
our innovative platform," said Perry Wu, CEO and co-founder of BitGravity.
Tata Communications' Tier 1 IP presence worldwide combined with
BitGravity's leading technology provides an offering that is unmatched in user
experience, performance, quality and reach around the world. Tata
Communications is uniquely positioned to offer quality global delivery and
support, which enables companies to outsource distribution of Video,
Downloads, Music, Games and Multimedia without degradation from Paris to Hong
Kong, Bangalore and the Silicon Valley.
"Two essential ingredients of a superior CDN service include a strong IP
network providing higher performance, and an efficient, scalable file
distribution technology," said Genius Wong, Tata Communications' Senior Vice
President of Global IP and VPN Services. "The design of Tata Communications'
CDN service has taken into account these key factors to come up with the
industry's highest performance and reliable IPv4 and IPv6 CDN service."
Tata Communications' suite of offerings include Tata Communications CDN,
a next-generation CDN designed for a wide range of applications providing the
highest performance and reliability on a global scale; Tata Communications CDN
Plus and CDN Secure, add value designed for the distribution and protection of
media assets; and Tata Communications LiveBroadcast, a high quality,
flash-based streaming service for broadcasters of live events.
For more information on Tata Communications CDN Service powered by
BitGravity visit http://www.tatacommunications.com
About Tata Communications
Tata Communications, a member of the $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
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 center and co-location facilities.
Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach
includes a national fiber 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
fulfillment 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.
BitGravity has built the first CDN for Interactive Broadcasting, which is
optimized to deliver affordable, HD-quality video on demand, live broadcasts,
and interactive applications for massive audiences on the Internet.
BitGravity's patent-pending CDN is Tier 1, highly scalable, and delivers the
performance that consumers want and expect, including streaming videos that
play instantly, and live video with no buffering.
BitGravity is an award-winning technology provider in the content
delivery space. The company has won numerous awards including DemoGod,
LightReading's Service Company of the Year, Digital Hollywood 100, RedHerring
100 and AlwaysOn Hollywood 100. Built on top of BitGravity's patent-pending
routing architecture, BitCast, BitGravity's services include BitGravity's
High-Definition Content Delivery Service, BG Secure and BG LiveBroadcast, the
Internet's first affordable, high-quality, massively scalable live product.
The company is based in Burlingame, Calif., and is privately funded by Allen
and Company, Tata Communications and other investors.
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
stabilize 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
Copyright (c) 2008 Tata Communications and BitGravity, Inc. All Rights
Reserved. BitGravity, Bitcast, and BG LiveBroadcast are trademarks of
BitGravity, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
For further information:
For further information: Janice Goveas, Tata Communications,
+91-92233-94575; Kristen Massaro, STC Associates, (347) 272-8162,
email@example.com; Mari Mineta Clapp, BitGravity, (408) 398-6433,