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Cable Technology Feature Article

December 29, 2008

Tata Communications Delivers Despite Cable Cuts in Mediterranean

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Internet and communication services were recently disrupted in parts of Asia, India and the Middle East when three major undersea cables (SMW3, SMW4, and FLAG) were damaged in the Mediterranean.
But these cable cuts did not disrupt the lives of Tata Communications’ customers for long. However within a day of the triple cable cuts, the company restored normal Internet connectivity in these regions. The company leveraged their global, diverse submarine cable and IP network and informed that during this disruption, their global Internet backbone maintained full connectivity and remained completely operational.
The company also reports induced latency in some routes and their decision to activate a diverted path towards North America and Europe via East Asia, Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic routes. This diversion enabled and contributed to the service continuity and minimal service interruption.
Thanks to their company’s extensive Global Internet backbone, which has diverse eastward and westward paths, they were able to maintain services during this problem, noted Radwan Moussalli, managing director, Middle East & North Africa, Tata Communications (News - Alert).
“We are proud of our global operations and engineering team that worked round the clock to execute a speedy and successful recovery plan to ensure business continuity for our Internet customers,” he added.
Tata Communications is a global provider of a new world of communications. Earlier this month, the company launched Application Performance Optimization (APO) service in an effort to provide end-to-end network application management services to companies.
Tata Communications partnered with Ipanema, a Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization solution provider, to enable the APO service.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi