BUSINESS

Chennai-Singapore cable link from VSNL

CHENNAI NOV. 13. Videsh Sanchar Nigam (VSNL) is proposing to set up of a 3100-km-long submarine cable system between Chennai and Singapore.

The proposed Tata Indicom Chennai-Singapore submarine cable system will have a capacity of 5.12 terabits (1terabit = 1000GB). The cable is expected to go live within a year.

The Chennai-Singapore cable connection is expected to involve an investment of $100 million. Tyco Telecom of the U.S., the supply partner of VSNL, is expected to lend the Tata subsidiary its helping hand in establishing the cable link. It is, however, yet unclear as to how Tyco will assist VSNL in the project.

"The Tata Indicom Chennai-Singapore Cable will augment VSNL's unique advantage of better diversity and multiple connectivity options. With the setting up of the new cable, VSNL will be able to enhance its bandwidth infrastructure significantly with a view to capitalising on the future growth in the corporate data market," a VSNL release quoted S. K. Gupta, Managing Director, as saying. According to one estimate, the corporate data market has witnessed 60-70 per cent annualised growth over the last three years.

The cable system will have an initial capacity of 320 gbps. This can be scaled up to an ultimate capacity of 5.12 terabits.

With an estimated life of 25 years, the new cable will connect Chennai and Singapore, which is a strong telecom hub for traffic across the world from where onward extension to the U.S. and other significant geographies is readily available at highly competitive prices.

At present, VSNL has over 10 gbps of bandwidth on its four operational submarine cable systems.