VSNL International Upgrades IP

SINGAPORE -- VSNL Singapore Pte Ltd. ("VSNL International"), the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE:VSL - News), announces today the completion of a 10Gig upgrade to 21 locations of its global IP backbone throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. The upgraded network is based on the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture and features Cisco 12000 Series and 7600 Series routers. The three-month upgrade project also included a 50 percent transatlantic increase of capacity to support additional traffic between the US and Europe.

Vinod Kumar, President, VSNL International, comments, "Based on recent explosive traffic growth coupled with anticipated large traffic increases tied to our strategic initiatives, we decided to make a major investment in our IP backbone. The new network topology is designed to minimize latency and further increase network availability and security to ensure an unmatched service quality for our customers. VSNL International's high performance IP network, one of the largest in the world, is ready to support critical next generation services including MPLS, IPv6 and security services throughout the globe." The VSNL International global IP network touts 570Gbps of high speed OC48/192 MPLS Backbone Capacity and 500G of customer connectivity throughout North America, Europe and Asia. It reaches over land, sea and sky, in 5 continents and over 195 countries, carrying more then 300 petabits of traffic globally per month.

Kelly Ahuja, vice president and general manager of the core routing technology group at Cisco, says, "VSNL International operates a certified Cisco IP Next Generation Network and has chosen to completely renew its infrastructure to be able to supply their customers with the latest, feature-rich, premium quality products and services available on the market. The upgrade positions VSNL to deliver current and future services faster, increase infrastructure efficiencies, and provide the high performance value-added network demanded by customers today."

VSNL International plans to further expand the IP network over the next three years through the addition of bandwidth in high growth regions and facilities in key emerging markets including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL) (NYSE: VSL)

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