Indian-based telecommunications giant Tata Communications (news, filings) announced today the upgrade of its TGN-Atlantic cable to 40G. The transatlantic market has only in the past several years worked through the overcapacity that was left over after the bubble. But now that they have finally done so, this upgrade by Tata surely won't be the only one over the next year.
Tata acquired the TGN-Atlantic cable from Tyco back in 2004 along with the rest of the Tyco Global Network - the previous owner of the TGN acronym. They combined it with the Teleglobe assets amongst others as they assembled their international presence, one which these days carries a good fraction of the internet and even sports a CDN now.
Tata is powering the upgrade with Ciena's 6500 packet optical platform with 40G/100G coherent technology, suggesting a future upgrade perhaps as well. Eventually though, I wonder if one of the Indian network operators might be the next to invest in the next transatlantic build alongside Hibernia's Project Express.
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