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6700 km Undersea Cable System Connects Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Vietnam and the Philippines

MORRISTOWN, NJ, USA and SINGAPORE - August 18, 2009 --

Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications, together with its supplier, Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced that they have completed the installation, testing and commissioning of the TGN-Intra Asia (TGN-IA) Cable System. Arriving at the conclusion of a comprehensive test program, which verified compliance with all transmission requirements, the companies have completed the final step in achieving regional and global connectivity in Southeast Asia for the TGN.
The fully operational 6700KM TGN-IA system links Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Vietnam and the Philippines, providing route diversity throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
“The Tata Communications team is very excited to have completed our TGN-IA cable system, with the unwavering support of Tyco Telecommunications,” said Simon Cooper, Vice President Network Strategy, Architecture & Optimisation, Tata Communications. “This system will meet the ongoing need for increasingly robust international connectivity, and will help to enable continued growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region.”
He also added: “Very recently almost all of the region’s key cable systems experienced simultaneous cuts, severely impacting network traffic across Asia. Most were damaged somewhere between Hong Kong and Taiwan.  TGN-IA was fortunately not disturbed as a result of Tata Communications’ specific decision to route the cable system as diversely as possible, so helping to improve regional business stability and ensuring our customers remain well served.”
 The system, which was strategically designed and routed to avoid earthquake and hazardous areas in the Asia-Pacific region, has an initial design capacity of 3.8 Tbps on a city centre to city centre basis and provides record breaking latency between South East and Northern Asia. When combined with the Tata Global Network TIC and Pacific cable systems, the Intra Asia cable system will complete Tata Communications’ multi-Terabit capability from India to Asia and onward to the United States, and is a strong complement to existing regional systems. The System integrates seamlessly with the Tata Global Network and is a key piece in enabling Tata Communications’ global connectivity.
The TGN Intra-Asia Cable System is unique in offering a direct fiber path between Singapore and Tokyo, so delivering the fastest available connectivity (RTD is 63ms).
“We are proud to have been a part of the successful completion of TGN-IA, which was designed and installed with our leading-edge technology,” said Michael Rieger, Vice President of Sales, Tyco Telecommunications. “The system will not only provide enhanced communications capabilities for citizens throughout Southeast Asia, it will also promote global business growth and serve as the sole direct fiber route between Singapore and Japan.”

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)

About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements.
Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 80 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunications’ global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.
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Janice Goveas
Tata Communications

Courtney McDaniel
Tyco Telecommunications
1 973 656 8857


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