Tata Communications Next-Generation Ethernet Network Launches in India

Tata Communication LogoTata Communications has announced 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 industry-leading 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).

Tata Communications Next Generation Ethernet with PBB technology allows:

  • Greater numbers of customers and higher bandwidth on the backbone
  • Better isolation of customers from Denial of Service attacks, ensuring even greater security and reliability
  • [advt]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).

Ravi Pandey, Industry Analyst, ICT Practice, South Asia & Middle East Region, Frost & Sullivan said,

“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.”

John Hoffman, Head of Ethernet Product Management, Tata Communications said,

“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.”


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