International Update 11/16: Tata, Verizon, Teliasonera

November 16th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

There has also been a spate of interesting news from the major international carriers lately:

Another new submarine cable went into service in a distant part of the world yesterday. India’s Tata Communications (news, filings) and Oman’s Nawras formally launched the TGN-Gulf cable. The system has been in the works for two years, with Etisalat, Qatar Telecom, Bahrain Internet Exchange, and Mobily also participating as landing parties. I’m still looking for a map and other details on this one though.

Verizon is expanding its VoIP services in the Asia Pacific region, targeting multinationals in Australia, Hong Kong, india, and Singapore. They’re enhancing their current VoIP offering with social networking, video chat, mobile devic e support, and instant messaging. Also on tap is inter-company HD voice and video for customers of their VIPER service. The former MCI assets don’t get the press they used to with the focus on wireless these days, but Verizon’s international presence is still huge.

And Teliasonera International Carrier picked up yet another media/gaming contract. JustinTV has signed on for IP transit via ports in both the US and Europe for its main site and also for its new video game broadcasting community, TwitchTV.  The latter features online viewing of video game competitions, and can have hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers.  That’s big bandwidth.

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