VSNL adds global backbone by acquiring Tyco

Posted on November 7, 2004  /  3 Comments

According to a Tata manager, Tyco’s unlit capacities across just the Pacific and Atlantic total around 11,000 gigabits, throwing up huge opportunities for VSNL. Says Chaukar, "We will be a big global wholesaler of bandwidth and big in communication solutions to select people."
VSNL gets Tyco’s large data carrier clients who are mostly Fortune 500 companies.

Ignore the eulogistic tone of the writer, but this acquisition is significant because of the end-to-end capability it provides the Indian carrier in delivering BPO solutions and also having the ability to take on foreign telcos when WTO commitments allow point of presence.


  1. This has implications for Sri Lanka because VSNL Lanka has positioned itself as the leading provider of connectivity for BPO firms during its short existence in Sri Lanka.

  2. First it’s i2i (Bharti + SingTel) then it’s Flag (Reliance) and finally here comes Tyco Global Network (Tata+VSNL). Let the full scale underwater warfare of telecoms begin. It will certainly make the multi-country submarine cable consortium (SEA-ME-WE) revising its price tag. SEA-ME-WE4 will be commissioned in 3Q of 2005. SLT, BTTB, PTCL, VSNL and Bharti have stake in this $400 million venture. Long live competition!

  3. This was expected from the earlier post 3 months ago above…

    VSNL launches wholesale voice service in Europe

    PTI[ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 02, 2005 08:26:53 PM ]

    NEW DELHI: Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd on Wednesday announced that its UK affiliate — VSNL UK — has launched a wholesale voice offering to meet the high demand for quality voice termination to India.

    The service is intended to support VSNL’s international voice business expansion, the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.

    “We anticipate having 60 carrier interconnects operational by the end of March 2005,” a company communique to BSE said, quoting Satish Bangara, the company’s vice president of international voice services.

    “In January 2005, the first full month of operations, VSNL UK reached an annualized run rate of 40 million minutes,” he added.

    VSNL UK is focused on selling to European carriers seeking Indian termination service and currently companies in 18 countries look to VSNL UK as a vehicle to connect with India, it added.

    Through a strategic partnership with Interoute utilizing their virtual voice network, VSNL is able to provide next generation voice services using TDM or VoIP for interconnection, it said.