PCCW Global and Tata Communications jointly strengthen connectivity and reliability in Asia Pacific via the TGN-Intra Asia Cable System
MUMBAI / HONG KONG, June 24, 2009 - PCCW Global, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's premier telecommunications provider, PCCW Limited, today launched the TGN-Intra Asia Cable System (TGN-IA), the region’s first direct, point-to-point and express optical-fiber submarine cable interconnecting key PoPs in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore with branch extensions to the Philippines and Vietnam.
The TGN-IA, which landed in Hong Kong on March 16, 2009, is expected to be in operation by July 2009. PCCW Global is a significant stakeholder of this private cable initiated and operated by Tata Communications. With the planned cable landing in Vietnam in the third quarter of 2009, this 6,700 km-long TGN-IA cable network will become fully operational linking Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.
This cable is strategically designed and routed to avoid earthquake zones and other potential natural calamity areas in the Asia-Pacific Region. With an aggregate bandwidth of 3.84 terabits per second and short round-trip-delay time, TGN-IA allows faster connectivity and reduces latency for customers. TGN-IA will also complement other regional cable systems, such as APCN-2 and RNAL, creating one of the most resilient Asian infrastructures, and will provide robust network solutions to customers and seamless interconnection with other major trans-oceanic cable networks linking the rest of the world.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global, said: “We are proud to have ownership of the TGN-Intra Asia Cable System. This new cable will significantly increase our network’s capacity, providing our customers with greater flexibility and route diversity, and meeting the demand for Internet, TV broadcast, enterprise connectivity and applications, and all forms of data and voice services.”
The multi-terabit TGN-IA system increases data and voice reliability by providing new route diversity for traffic generated throughout and into the Asia Pacific region. PCCW Global and Tata Communications can jointly offer network services and other managed services into Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as meet the growing demand from Business Process Outsourcing customers by offering services and direct routes into or between India and the regions that TGN-IA connects.
Commenting on the launch of the TGN-IA cable, Vinod Kumar, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tata Communications, said “The TGN-IA cable system is an integral part of the growing Tata Global Network. When combined with our other wholly-owned and operated cable systems like TIC and the TGN-Pacific system, TGN-IA will complete Tata Communications’ multi-terabit capability from India to Asia and onward to the United States. We are proud to partner with PCCW Global on the TGN-IA system as it bolsters our common goal of continued growth and development within the Asia Pacific region.”
About Tata Communications
Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.
The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.
Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited), and subject to approval by the Chinese government, China (China Enterprise Communications)
Tata Communications Limited 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 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 www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.
About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited (SEHK:0008) is the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies. PCCW also holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and overseas investments including the wholly-owned UK Broadband Limited.
As the provider of Hong Kong’s first quadruple-play experience, PCCW/HKT offers a range of innovative media content and services across four platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile. In addition, the Group meets the sophisticated needs of the local and international business community, while supporting network operators with cutting-edge technical services and handling large-scale IT outsourcing projects for public and private sector organizations. To learn more about PCCW and HKT, please visit www.pccw.com.
About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is an operating division of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited and holds the PCCW Group’s telecoms services, media and IT solutions businesses. PCCW/HKT is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information & Communications Technologies.
With centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, London in the UK, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, plus teams covering the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, PCCW Global serves the voice and data needs of multinational enterprises, as well as the operational requirements of service providers. Reaching more than 1,000 cities and 80 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include IP solutions, transmission solutions including fiber and satellite, managed services and solutions, and voice services. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.
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