In a press release today, Tata Communications (news, filings) and Tyco Telecommunications announced that they have completed the installation, testing, and commissioning of the TGN Intra Asia cable, or TGN-IA. The undersea cable system links Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Vietnam and the Philippines with 6700km route miles and an initial 3.8Tbps design capacity. More importantly, the route is apparently diverse from that corridor near Taiwan where every other cable seems to go through. They also claim a unique direct fiber route between Singapore and Japan and hence the lowest latency on a route that has to be of some interest to the financial markets.
The new cable completes another piece of Tata’s portfolio, connecting its cable between Chennai and Singapore to its transpacific cable that reaches Guam and Japan. In combination with the TGN Eurasia cable which will connect India to Paris (and whose progress I am now curious about), Tata will finally have a world-girdling cable system.
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Rob, you’re factually incorrect… FLAG was supposed to be a cable system around the globe. In fact, it is not. FLAG does not have any connectivity across the Pacific nor does it have any system between SEAsia and Japan. Anyways, the Tata/Reliance rivalry is old story… the latest, is Reliance/Reliance.