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Tata Communications Brings 100G Connectivity to Carriers and Enterprises Across the US and Europe Using Ciena’s GeoMesh

  Tata Communications Brings 100G Connectivity to Carriers and Enterprises
  Across the US and Europe Using Ciena’s GeoMesh

   100 gigabits per second service to meet businesses’ increasing bandwidth
     demands and to deliver lower latencies, higher uptimes and seamless
                                 scalability

Business Wire

NEW YORK & MUMBAI, India -- January 24, 2013

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications,
today announces the launch of 100 gigabits per second-enabled services on its
TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) subsea cable system – from New York to London.

Using Ciena’s GeoMesh networking solution ( based on its market-leading 6500
Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors and
optical bypass), Tata Communications is upgrading its TGN-A submarine cable to
100G – the first on its global submarine network.

The upgrade will deliver bandwidth and provide flexibility to carriers and
enterprises to scale their network seamlessly and meet their increasing
capacity demands, driven by the use of cloud computing and mobile devices, as
well as other high-bandwidth services including music / HD video downloading
and social networking applications. It will be instrumental in increasing
carrier network performance through consolidation of transport traffic.

“The move to 100G coherent technology on our TGN-Atlantic cable system
demonstrates our leadership in global network infrastructure,” says Genius
Wong, Senior Vice President of Global Network Services at Tata Communications.
“Based on Ciena’s GeoMesh, this major deployment will bring maximum bandwidth,
lower latencies, higher uptimes and seamless scalability for carriers and
enterprises, today and in the future.”

The implementation will pave the way for further upgrades leading to multifold
increase in bandwidth availability across Tata Communications’ Global Network
(TGN), which consists of 210,000 kilometres of terrestrial and subsea network
fibre, reaching countries representing 99.7% of the world’s GDP. The TGN IP
Transit Network (AS6453) makes up 20% of the world’s internet routes and
carries 4,200 Petabits of traffic per month on its Internet backbone. Ciena's
WaveLogic coherent receiver technology enables unobtrusive 40G/100G upgrades
to existing submarine networks with only the addition of new terminal
equipment, significantly extending the life of existing cable plants and
further lengthening their lifespans into the future.

The TGN-A will also be equipped with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution. “Our GeoMesh
solution is designed to help operators like Tata Communications simplify their
global networks by removing traditional network seams that inefficiently
linked submarine networks to terrestrial networks,” says Ed McCormack, Vice
President and General Manager, Submarine Systems at Ciena. “GeoMesh makes
networks more cost-effective, reliable, and lower in latency.”

The first phase of the deployment will bring 100G capability to the New
York-London route, expected to be in full service during the first half of
2013.

Tata Communications’ global connectivity services are built on the world’s
largest and most advanced global subsea cable network, which enables carriers
and enterprises to connect almost anywhere in the world. The cable network
boasts significant depth in the key emerging markets including Asia, Middle
East and Africa.

Ciena is a pioneer in coherent optical technology. It offered the industry’s
first commercially-available systems, with coherent 40G deployed since 2008
and coherent 100G since 2009. To date, Ciena has shipped 20,000 coherent
40G/100G line interfaces to more than 100 customers across the globe, with
more than 20 million coherent kilometres deployed.

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of
communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata
Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions
to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest
submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than
200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square
feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes
leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global
international voice, and strategic investments in South Africa (Neotel), Sri
Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited)
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the
National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock
Exchange NYSE: TCL).

www.tatacommunications.com

About Ciena

Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to
unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the
way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and
optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in
alignment with OP^n, its approach for building open next-generation networks.
We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and
adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to
coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized
environment. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other
important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more
information, visit www.ciena.com.

Forward-looking and cautionary statements

Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications
and its prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata
Communications’ expected financial position, business strategy, the future
development of Tata Communications’ operations, and the general economy in
India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial,
regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and
trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements
of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors
that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure
to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications’ network; failure to
develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate
acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new
technology and information systems to support new products and services,
including voice transmission services; failure to stabilize or reduce the rate
of price compression on certain of the company’s communications services;
failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies
or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the
administration of Tata Communications’ industry; and, in general, the
economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that
could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially
from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata
Communications’ control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors
discussed in Tata Communications’ various filings with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at
www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly
disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.

Contact:

Tata Communications
Natalie Chak
+44 (0)7833 043 779
natalie.chak@tatacommunications.com
or
Hill & Knowlton Strategies
Kersti Klami
+44 (0)20 7973 5999
kersti.klami@hkstrategies.com
or
Ciena Corporation
Jamie Moody
+1 214 995 8035
jmoody@ciena.com