India's Tata Communications has launched two new subsea cables, revealing it now has what it says is the first ever round-the-world fiber cable network ring.
The operator announced it has switched on its Tata global network – Eurasia (TGN-EA) cable. The 9,280km cable system runs across the Mediterranean, connecting India and Europe through Egypt.
The 10G round-the-world ring has city-to-city connections, instead of the traditional approach of only connecting landing stations.
Tata Comm simultaneously announced the launch of its TGN-Gulf subsea cable system linking India, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
The 10G TGN-Gulf cable will be operated in partnership with Nawras of Oman, Etisalat of the UAE, Qtel of Qatar, Bahrain Internet Exchange and Mobily of Saudi Arabia.
According to Tata Comm, with the two cables the company now has a fiber network reaching countries which contribute a combined 99.7% of the world's GDP. The company has connectivity in more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs.
Tata Comm revealed earlier this month that it is considering making a takeover bid for backhaul and international cable operator Cable & Wireless Worldwide.
In February, CeltixConnect launched Europe's first subsea cable in over a decade with a UK-to-Ireland link.