Tyco Wins Indian Undersea Contract

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Tyco Telecommunications, one of the world's leading providers of undersea fiber optic systems, marine services, and global capacity services, and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL), India's leading international telecommunications carrier, have signed a supply contract for a new undersea fiber optic system connecting Chennai, India with Singapore.

Construction is underway on the Tata Indicom Chennai-Singapore Cable System, a system which is over 3,100 km in length and capable of carrying up to 5.12 Tb/s of transmission capacity when fully upgraded. The network is designed to meet the current and future voice, data and internet bandwidth demands from India to South East Asia and beyond. By utilizing a network architecture that incorporates several undersea branching units, the Tata Indicom Chennai-Singapore Cable System is capable of expanding to provide direct fiber connectivity to other regional landing sites, enabling flexibility for future network growth.

"The Tata Indicom Chennai-Singapore Cable System is a key component in the execution of our international business strategy," states Mr. S.K. Gupta, Managing Director of VSNL. "We awarded this to Tyco Telecommunications because we are confident that they will apply their technology expertise and outstanding implementation experience to provide a turnkey solution that meets our needs and the needs of our customers, now and in the future."

"We are pleased to have been awarded the turnkey supply contract for the Tata Indicom Chennai-Singapore Cable System, as it will play an important role in satisfying demand for VSNL's international telecom services from India," states David Coughlan, President of Tyco Telecommunications. "We recognize that seamless global connectivity and the ability to support high bandwidth applications are requirements that face all telecom service providers today. The Tata Indicom Chennai-Singapore Cable System is designed to connect VSNL's existing infrastructure with other high capacity global networks, facilitating direct connectivity to Asia, the United States, and Europe."

Tyco Telecommunications

Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL)
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