Tata Communications launches its Next-Generation Ethernet network in India (PR)

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Tata Communications has announced the integration of its India infra­structure into its Next Generation Ethernet (NGE) network architecture. The integration is taking place across 11 Indian cities, covering New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi, Noida, Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The in-country nodes for connecting the carrier’s domestic NGE network with its international backbone are in Mumbai and Chennai.

Tata also promises  higher speed, enhanced security and improved troubleshooting capabilities for those with early subscriptions.


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Tata Communications first to use PBB technology globally


The new NGE network will provide industry-leading network services for both service providers and enterprises, enabling higher speed, enhanced security and improved troubleshooting capabilities. Tata Communications’ high-performance Ethernet services are provided throughout the country together with services con­necting India to business centres throughout the world. Much of India’s Ethernet growth will come as a result of the adoption of more sophisticated and efficient multi-point networks. This necessitated the upgrading of the company’s extensive Ethernet network in the country and led to the deployment of the Cisco ASR 9000 platform that enables Provider Back­bone Bridging (PBB).


Ravi Pandey, Industry Analyst, ICT Practice, South Asia & Middle East Region, Frost & Sullivan said at the launch event today, ‘For FY 10-11 the Indian Enterprise Telecom market stands at INR 63,400 Cr with around 11% coming from Enterprise Data Services. The data services market which stands at INR 6,660 Cr will continue to grow at a CAGR of 12% for the next five years. Ethernet, which has been witnessing traction from verticals like IT/ITeS, BFSI and Media that run bandwidth intensive applications, will grow at a CAGR of 32% for the next five years.’


‘Ethernet is one of fastest growing segments for the data services market and for FY 10-11 the contribution of Ethernet services accounts for three per cent and stands at INR 202 Cr, however, the segment is poised to grow to INR 800 Cr by FY 16,’ added Pandey.


Large scale data centre build-outs in the last few years have resulted in application centralisation & demand for mission critical data centre connectivity. Scalability along with lower port costs & the ability of Ethernet to ride on legacy based WAN services is driving the demand for Ethernet in India. ‘The primary growth drivers for the Ethernet market in India are IP migration, evolution of borderless enterprises, compliances/regulations, business continuity & disaster recovery centres as well as the convergence of business, residential and wireless networks’ concluded Pandey.


Tata Communications continues to build on its unique and diverse global footprint with the addition of PBB technology, ensuring that its customers have access to a bandwidth-efficient, scalable, carrier grade network, now and well into the future.


‘With the Indian enterprise data market poised to grow significantly in the next five years, fuelled by bandwidth intensive applications, the market is seeking better and more extensive Ethernet services. While Tata Communications already offers multi-point service to its customers globally, the only way to increase multi-point capability and add more innovative Ethernet services and perfor­mance guarantees in the future is to move to the new industry standard of Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB), effectively addressing critical limitations of the existing technology,’ said John Hoffman, Head of Ethernet Product Management, Tata Communications.


Tata Communications Next Generation Ethernet with PBB technology allows:


o Greater numbers of customers and higher bandwidth on the backbone


o Better isolation of customers from Denial of Service attacks, ensuring even greater security and reliability


o Improved performance monitoring with latency and packet loss as standard items in the Service Level Agreements (SLAs)


Tata Communications’ new Ethernet network core carries only Ethernet traffic, unlike competing operators who are building converged MPLS and VPLS-based networks to carry a mixture of private, public IP traffic and Ethernet services. As a result, Tata Communications can provide a wide range of unique Ethernet services with native Ethernet Operations Administration and Maintenance (OAM) management throughout. The Next Generation Ethernet core also allows Tata Communications to continue to provide its Ethernet customers with the ability to select specific routes through its network (for diversity, latency or cost reasons),


As a further evolution of Tata Communications’ Ethernet network, the company will also be launching an enhanced multipoint service, burstability with usage-based billing together with a dedicated Ethernet service that can scale from 1,000 – 10,000 Meg in 500 Meg increments. The company is also now able to ensure higher network quality as a result of being able to monitor each and every customer and class of service, independently.


Notes to Editor


About Tata Communications


Tata Communications is the 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 centre 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 South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited).


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).


Tata Communications’ Ethernet Services and Network


Tata Communications’ Global Ethernet Services spans more than 50 locations in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as more than 120 cities across India and through partnerships four cities in China. Further expansion is planned in the coming months to include additional locations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.


Tata Communications was the first Ethernet provider to be MEF 9 and 14 certified across its entire global network. The portfolio provides both point-to-point and multipoint WAN Ethernet solutions seamlessly and securely across over 35 countries. The portfolio features a wide choice of configurations and protection options, bandwidth from 2 Mbps to 10 Gbps, up to six classes of service with interclass bursting, and unique usage-based options as well. It provides a high quality, scalable and cost-effective Ethernet solution on a truly global scale.



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