VSNL International launches Next Generation...
VSNL INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES NEXT GENERATION DEDICATED GLOBAL ETHERNET SERVICE CONNECTING NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, ASIA & INDIA
Singapore, June 8, 2006 - VSNL Singapore Pte Ltd. ("VSNL International"), the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE: VSL) operating in key global business hubs and offering a comprehensive suite of communications solutions for enterprises and carriers, introduces Dedicated Global Ethernet, its global Ethernet private line service connecting major cities throughout North America, Europe, Asia and an extensive footprint connecting 120 cities in India. Using a SDH/SONET platform to ensure low latency and jitter and high reliability, this scalable, high performance solution enables enterprises to economically extend their local area networks to support global video, voice and data transport and to securely and seamlessly send point-to-point traffic between destinations across the world. The new offering using SDH/SONET complements VSNL's global offering of Ethernet over MPLS.
Dedicated Global Ethernet offers bandwidth between 2-1,000 Megabits per second with the flexibility to upgrade the bandwidth on an as-needed basis without service interruption. Customers improve cash flow and reduce costs by eliminating long term commitments to purchase capacity that will not be needed for some time. They purchase today what is needed today and only upgrade as demand dictates. Enterprises can increase bandwidth as their usage grows, and carriers are able to cost-effectively manage the evolving demands of their growing customer bases.
"Reliable, secure, and easy-to-manage Ethernet over the wide area network is a rapidly growing connection of choice for metro and national WAN implementations, a transition being facilitated by the excellent work of the Metro Ethernet Forum, or MEF, " says Vinod Kumar, President, VSNL International. "Dedicated Global Ethernet from VSNL International provides the benefits of the Ethernet WAN to enterprises and carriers, but on a global scale. It capitalizes on the unique reach and scale of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited's ("VSNL") worldwide network, an integration of the networks of VSNL and its Tyco Global Network and Teleglobe acquisitions."
"We are pleased that VSNL International is participating with MEF to help propagate standards-based wide area Ethernet both globally and also across the dynamically growing markets in India," says Nan Chen, President, Metro Ethernet Forum. "With VSNL International's expertise in global markets, we're excited to have them as a member, collaborating with industry-leading companies to enhance worldwide awareness of the benefits of Ethernet services."
VSNL International's standards compliant Dedicated Global Ethernet combines the flexibility and features of Ethernet with the proven reliability and high performance of SDH/SONET to create a robust, highly secure, carrier grade Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service. Dedicated Global Ethernet provides point to point isolated data links, excellent jitter and latency performance, and non-service-interrupting bandwidth upgrades. The flexibility of Ethernet helps enterprises and carriers reduce their total cost of ownership and improve cash flow by eliminating bandwidth forecasting and providing non-service-interrupting bandwidth upgrades. Finance, media and healthcare companies or any institution with large bandwidth requirements will prefer Dedicated Global Ethernets rigorous data security and high performance.
Dedicated Global Ethernet is supported with a single, end-to-end Service Level Agreement and dedicated global support in every country served. Dedicated Global Ethernet is carried across VSNL's extensive global and India fiber optic infrastructure, providing unsurpassed circuit availability and capacity.
VSNL International provides a suite of Global Ethernet WAN Services allowing the creation of the best solution for the specific needs of enterprises and carriers. Dedicated Global Ethernet is complemented by VSNL International's Global Ethernet over MPLS, which offers point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and multiple classes of service for global and India Ethernet WANs. Available now, Global Ethernet over MPLS will be formally launched in the coming months.
Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE: VSL), a company incorporated under the laws of India, is now a global communications services provider offering through its multiple subsidiaries a comprehensive suite of communications solutions for carriers that need global reach and reduced total cost of ownership.
VSNL's Global Network spans 4 continents, comprises major ownership in 206,356km of terrestrial network fiber and subsea cables, and offers the greatest diversity to, and within, India. With Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific data transfer capacity of 1 trillion bits per second and a worldwide MPLS network, VSNL's footprint creates an unparalleled platform to deliver scalable connectivity to the key global business pathways.
VSNL has a global presence including operations in USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India making it the first Indian truly global telecommunications company. Its range of service offerings include wholesale voice, private leased circuits, IP, MPLS, VPN, Internet access, hosting, mobile signaling and several other IP services. The company is now poised to offer managed data services and deliver end-to-end telecommunications solutions to carriers and enterprises globally.
VSNL, a pioneer in offering Internet services to individual customers now offers a full slew of retail products in India like high-speed broadband, dial-up Internet, Wi-FI, net telephony and calling cards under the Tata Indicom brand name, and continues to be one of the leading retail Internet players in India.
VSNL is a part of the Tata Group, a $17.8 billion global conglomerate comprising 93 operating companies. VSNL is listed on the major stock exchanges in India and also has its ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (www.vsnl.in). VSNL's international division, VSNL International, is headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in the US, Europe, and India. Visit us at www.vsnlinternational.com.
Forward-looking and cautionary statements
Certain words and statements in this release concerning VSNL and its prospects, and other statements relating to VSNL's expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of VSNL's operations and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of VSNL, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding VSNL's present and future business strategies and the environment in which VSNL will operate in the future. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of VSNL's industry, and changes in general 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 VSNL's control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in VSNL's various filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov.
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