Tata Communications launches its Next-Generation Ethernet network in India

PCQ Bureau
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lang="EN-GB">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.
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lang="EN-GB">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).
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lang="EN-GB">Ravi Pandey, Industry Analyst, ICT Practice, South

Asia & Middle East Region, Frost & Sullivan
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lang="EN-GB"> 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.'

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lang="EN-GB">'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.
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lang="EN-GB">Large scale data centre build-outs in the last few

years have resulted in application
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lang="EN-GB"> 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.

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lang="EN-GB">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.
lang="EN-GB">'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.

lang="EN-GB">Tata Communications Next Generation Ethernet with

PBB technology allows:
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    lang="EN-GB">Greater numbers of customers and higher bandwidth on the

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    lang="EN-GB">Better isolation of customers from Denial of Service

    attacks, ensuring even greater security and reliability
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    lang="EN-GB">Improved performance monitoring with latency and packet

    loss as standard items in the Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
lang="EN-GB">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),
lang="EN-GB">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.