VSNL plans $200m intra-Asia cable system

12 Sep 2006

VSNL Singapore, the international arm of Indian carrier VSNL, said it plans to build a new high-capacity submarine cable system linking Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan .

The firm in a statement said the new intra-Asia cable will enable VSNL International to better serve its global customers doing business in and with the burgeoning Asia-Pacific markets.

This investment follows the recent announcement by VSNL to build a new system from India to Europe that will provide connectivity to the Gulf region and the African continent. The intra-Asia cable, when combined with the Tata Indicom Cable System and the TGN-Pacific cable system, will complete VSNL International's multi-Terabit capability from India to Asia and onward to the US, the carrier said.

'With Asian bandwidth demand forecasted to grow at an average of 27% CAGR, VSNL International is taking steps to expand its capacity to serve customers in the booming intra-Asia market,' said Vinod Kumar, president of VSNL International.

VSNL International will commence construction of the new intra-Asia cable by December. The company is already in the process of finalizing design details, selecting suppliers and identifying additional partners for the project. Future potential landing stations for the cable include locations in China, Taiwan, the Philippines , Vietnam, Malaysia, and Guam.

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