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August 26, 2009

Service on SEACOM Cable System

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Tata Communications, a provider of a new world of communications, and its subsidiary Neotel, South Africa’s first converged communication national operator, have launched service on the SEACOM cable system, the first undersea submarine cable system that will connect the African continent to Europe, Asia and India.
With the SEACOM (News - Alert) system Tata Communications is expected to provide fully integrated network services from South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya to its networks in Europe, Asia and India.
 “As a truly global service provider, Tata Communications (News - Alert) is able to provide end-to-end solutions in India, Europe and South Africa, as well as onward connectivity to major business destinations in the US and Asia,” said Byron Clatterbuck (News - Alert), senior vice president, global transmission services at Tata Communications, in a statement.
Clatterbuck said that the SEACOM cable system sets Tata Communications apart from the competitors by bringing unprecedented business value to enterprises and service providers.
Tata Communications officials said that the company would be operating the landing point in Mumbai, while Neotel (News - Alert) will manage the landing point in South Africa.
Customers will enjoy seamless connectivity between the SEACOM cable system and the Tata Communications global network, along with Neotel’s converged network in South Africa.
The launch of SEACOM, which augments the SAT3/SAFE cable system, also means that Tata Communications and Neotel are now able to provide a fully redundant service by supplying access via multiple routes to anywhere in the world, and can reach Europe, for the first time, via three different routes: SAT3, SEACOM and SAFE – SEA-ME-WE3/4.
“SEACOM will add another alternative to the market, and consumers will benefit from the resulting competition,” said Stefano Mattiello, chief sales and customer service officer at Neotel.
Mattiello said that the relationship between Tata Communications and Neotel, and their involvement in all of the international cables, means that businesses and consumers will now really have access to a seamless service connecting them to the rest of the world at affordable rates.
Through SEACOM, Tata Communications is able to expand the reach of the Tata Global Network (TGN) to destinations on the east coast of Africa.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray