by September 2, 2011 0 comments

Tata Communications today announces the integration
of its India infra­structure into its Next Generation Ethernet
(NGE) network architecture. The integration is taking place across 11
Indian cities, covering New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon,
Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi, Noida, Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The in-country
nodes for connecting the carrier’s domestic NGE network with its
international backbone are in Mumbai and Chennai.
The new NGE network will provide network services
for both service providers and enterprises, enabling higher speed,
enhanced security and improved troubleshooting capabilities. Tata
Communications’ high-performance Ethernet services are provided
throughout the country together with services con­necting India to
business centres throughout the world. Much of India’s Ethernet growth
will come as a result of the adoption of more sophisticated and
efficient multi-point networks. This necessitated the upgrading of the
company’s extensive Ethernet network in the country and led to the
deployment of the Cisco ASR 9000 platform that enables Provider
Back­bone Bridging (PBB).
Ravi Pandey, Industry Analyst, ICT Practice, South
Asia & Middle East Region, Frost & Sullivan
said at the launch event today, ‘For FY 10-11 the
Indian Enterprise Telecom market stands at INR 63,400 Cr with around
11% coming from Enterprise Data Services. The data services market
which stands at INR 6,660 Cr will continue to grow at a CAGR of 12% for
the next five years. Ethernet, which has been witnessing traction from
verticals like IT/ITeS, BFSI and Media that run bandwidth intensive
applications, will grow at a CAGR of 32% for the next five years.’

‘Ethernet is one of fastest growing segments for
the data services market and for FY 10-11 the contribution of Ethernet
services accounts for three per cent and stands at INR 202 Cr, however,
the segment is poised to grow to INR 800 Cr by FY 16,’ added Pandey.
Large scale data centre build-outs in the last few
years have resulted in application
centralisation & demand for mission critical
data centre connectivity. Scalability along with lower port costs &
the ability of Ethernet to ride on legacy based WAN services is driving
the demand for Ethernet in India. ‘The primary growth drivers for the
Ethernet market in India are IP migration, evolution of borderless
enterprises, compliances/regulations, business continuity &
disaster recovery centres as well as the convergence of business,
residential and wireless networks’ concluded Pandey.

Tata Communications continues to build on its
unique and diverse global footprint with the addition of PBB
technology, ensuring that its customers have access to a
bandwidth-efficient, scalable, carrier grade network, now and well into
the future.
‘With the Indian enterprise data market poised to
grow significantly in the next five years, fuelled by bandwidth
intensive applications, the market is seeking better and more extensive
Ethernet services. While Tata Communications already offers multi-point
service to its customers globally, the only way to increase multi-point
capability and add more innovative Ethernet services and
perfor­mance guarantees in the future is to move to the new
industry standard of Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB), effectively
addressing critical limitations of the existing technology,’ said John
Hoffman, Head of Ethernet Product Management, Tata Communications.

Tata Communications Next Generation Ethernet with
PBB technology allows:

  • Greater numbers of customers and higher bandwidth on the
  • Better isolation of customers from Denial of Service
    attacks, ensuring even greater security and reliability
  • Improved performance monitoring with latency and packet
    loss as standard items in the Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
Tata Communications’ new Ethernet network core
carries only Ethernet traffic, unlike competing operators who are
building converged MPLS and VPLS-based networks to carry a mixture of
private, public IP traffic and Ethernet services. As a result, Tata
Communications can provide a wide range of unique Ethernet services
with native Ethernet Operations Administration and Maintenance (OAM)
management throughout. The Next Generation Ethernet core also allows
Tata Communications to continue to provide its Ethernet customers with
the ability to select specific routes through its network (for
diversity, latency or cost reasons),
As a further evolution of Tata Communications’
Ethernet network, the company will also be launching an enhanced
multipoint service, ‘burstability’ with usage-based billing together
with a dedicated Ethernet service that can scale from 1,000 — 10,000
Meg in 500 Meg increments. The company is also now able to ensure
higher network quality as a result of being able to monitor each and
every customer and class of service, independently.

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