Indian companies going global -
October 13th, 2010
Indian companies going global
India offers an unprecedented opportunity for telecom service operators, infrastructure vendors, manufacturers and associated services companies. As the sector has been performing well, the bulging bottom lines of Indian telecom companies are making them invest in assets.
• The Tata group's Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL) struck a $130-million deal to pick up Tyco Global Network's (TGN) 37,208-mile (60,000 kilometre) submarine fibre optic network that connects northern Asia, America and Europe. As part of the TGN deal, VSNL also received a dark (uncommissioned) fibre that links Japan to Singapore and 200 employees of TGN. The Tyco cable has the largest capacity globally.
It is of the order of 7 terabits on the Pacific route. Within days of bagging TGN, VSNL inaugurated its own 3,175-kilometre, 5.12-terabit Chennai-Singapore submarine link. Tyco has supplied the optic fibre for the Chennai-Singapore link.
• VSNL's was the second submarine cable deal struck by an Indian company in 2004. Reliance Infocomm had also picked up FLAG Telecom for $210 million a few months before VSNL bought TGN.
• The Tata Group has also won a bid to acquire 26 per cent stake in South Africa's second network operator (SNO) that gives the company a mandate to develop and operate both national long distance (NLD) and fixed-line networks in the country. The development helped Tata gain a foothold in the South African market.