Tata Communications brings 100G connectivity to carrier and enterprise customers from the US to Asia with Ciena’s GeoMesh

  Tata Communications brings 100G connectivity to carrier and enterprise
  customers from the US to Asia with Ciena’s GeoMesh

 100 gigabits per second upgrade across Tata Communications’ TGN-Pacific and
   Intra-Asia submarine fibre networks to meet increased bandwidth demands

PTC'14

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. & HANOVER, Md. -- January 22, 2014

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications^™,
and Ciena^® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced
the launch of 100 gigabits per second upgrade along the TGN-Pacific (TGN-P)
submarine cable system that connects the U.S. to Japan and three routes in the
TGN-Intra-Asia (TGN-IA) market across Asia. With this latest in a series of
investments, Tata Communications becomes the only private subsea cable owner
that has 100G deployed across major routes around the world on its own
infrastructure.

With Ciena’s 6500 Converged Packet Optical platform and GeoMesh solution, Tata
Communications is upgrading its TGN-P submarine cables – which is the longest
segment in route km and believed to be the highest capacity subsea cables
deployed in the Pacific – to 100G. As a result, Tata Communications now offers
100G transport services on its TGN-P submarine cable system that links the
U.S. to Japan, a distance spanning 22,300 km. The cable connects Emi, Chiba to
Hillsboro, Oregon and Toyohashi as well as Aichi Prefecture to Hillsboro,
Oregon. In addition, Ciena’s solutions also supports Tata Communications’
Intra-Asia network, which spans roughly 6,700 km.

Genius Wong, Senior Vice President, Global Network Services, Tata
Communications says, “We continue to make significant investments to our
global network as we understand that connectivity is one of the most critical
backbones in a world where hyper-connectivity has become a part of the
everyday fabric of life and business. Investments such as the 100G upgrade to
our TGN-Pacific submarine cable and Intra-Asia routes enable us to meet
customer demand for high-bandwidth services and applications, whilst ensuring
end-to-end network performance for our enterprise and carrier customers across
the US and Asia.”

Based on Ciena’s OP^n ^ architecture for programmable network infrastructures
that deliver much lower cost-at-scale, Ciena’s GeoMesh and WaveLogic solutions
enable Tata Communications to better monetise its network and provide
flexibility to its customers. This also allows them to handle capacity demands
driven by high-bandwidth services such as cloud computing, video and mobile
communications.

With Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System, Tata Communications can
also benefit from multi-layer service management capabilities that support
streamlined service activation, fault management and performance monitoring.

Jason Phipps, General Manager, North America, Ciena says, “As longtime
partners, Ciena and Tata Communications have leveraged Ciena’s technology to
increase the capacity, extend the life and improve the availability of Tata
Communications’ global network. With the most recent upgrades, Tata
Communications is expanding these attributes across its Pacific cable to
deliver resilient, low latency 100G services between North America and Asia.”

Alan Mauldin, Research Director, Telegeography says, “TeleGeography forecasts
trans-Pacific bandwidth demand to increase 7-fold by 2020. Tata
Communications' upgrade to 100G technology on the TGN-Pacific system is a key
step in meeting customer requirements for high-capacity, cost-effective
bandwidth. With the highest potential capacity of all existing trans-Pacific
systems, the TGN-Pacific system will continue to play a leading role in
addressing future demand growth.”

These upgrades complement Tata Communications’ previous GeoMesh deployment on
its TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) submarine network that links the U.S. and Europe and
allows Tata Communications to meet its customers’ surging bandwidth demands
with lower latency and seamless scalability.

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 Tata
Communications global network (TGN) consists of 210,000 kilometers (kms) of
terrestrial and subsea network fiber, reaching countries representing 99.7
percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Its IP Transit Network
(AS6453) makes up 20 percent of the world’s Internet routes and carries 4,200
petabits of traffic per month on its Internet backbone.

Ciena and Tata Communications are participating in the Pacific
Telecommunications Council (PTC) 2014 Conference in Honolulu from January 19th
- 22nd.

Supporting resources:

  *Tata Communications

       *New World Blog: How close is the 100G future?
       *Backgrounder: Global Network Services
       *Network map: Global network ring map

  *Ciena

       *Application Note: Enabling a Bigger and Smarter Network with
         WaveLogic 3
       *Product Page: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
       *White Paper: GeoMesh Integrated Test Set Capabilities
       *Video: Take-10 GeoMesh Overview
       *White Paper: GeoMesh: Uniting Submarine and Terrestrial Networks

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications Limited along with its subsidiaries (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 Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and
largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to
more than 200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1
million square feet of data centre 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. www.tatacommunications.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.

About Ciena

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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
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Contact:

Ciena Corporation
Jamie Moody, +1-214-995-8035
jmoody@ciena.com
or
Tata Communications
Natalie Chak, +44 (0)7833 043 779
Natalie.Chak@tatacommunications.com
or
Hill & Knowlton Strategies
Alex Bishop, +44 (0)20 7416 3000
Alex.bishop@hkstrategies.com
 
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