Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, and Ciena® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced the launch of 100 gigabits per second upgrade along the TGN-Pacific (TGN-P) submarine cable system that connects the U.S. to Japan and  three routes in the TGN-Intra-Asia (TGN-IA) market across Asia. With this latest in a series of investments, Tata Communications becomes the only private subsea cable owner that has 100G deployed across major routes around the world on its own infrastructure.

With Ciena’s 6500 Converged Packet Optical platform and GeoMesh solution, Tata Communications is upgrading its TGN-P submarine cables – which is the longest segment in route km and believed to be the highest capacity subsea cables deployed in the Pacific – to 100G. As a result, Tata Communications now offers 100G transport services on its TGN-P submarine cable system that links the U.S. to Japan, a distance spanning 22,300 km. The cable connects Emi, Chiba to Hillsboro, Oregon and Toyohashi as well as Aichi Prefecture to Hillsboro, Oregon. In addition, Ciena’s solutions also supports Tata Communications’ Intra-Asia network, which spans roughly 6,700 km.

Genius Wong, Senior Vice President, Global Network Services, Tata Communications says, “We continue to make significant investments to our global network as we understand that connectivity is one of the most critical backbones in a world where hyper-connectivity has become a part of the everyday fabric of life and business. Investments such as the 100G upgrade to our TGN-Pacific submarine cable and Intra-Asia routes enable us to meet customer demand for high-bandwidth services and applications, whilst ensuring end-to-end network performance for our enterprise and carrier customers across the US and Asia.”

Based on Ciena’s OPn architecture for programmable network infrastructures that deliver much lower cost-at-scale, Ciena’s GeoMesh and WaveLogic solutions enable Tata Communications to better monetise its network and provide flexibility to its customers. This also allows them to handle capacity demands driven by high-bandwidth services such as cloud computing, video and mobile communications.

With Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System, Tata Communications can also benefit from multi-layer service management capabilities that support streamlined service activation, fault management and performance monitoring.

Jason Phipps, General Manager, North America, Ciena says, “As longtime partners, Ciena and Tata Communications have leveraged Ciena’s technology to increase the capacity, extend the life and improve the availability of Tata Communications’ global network. With the most recent upgrades, Tata Communications is expanding these attributes across its Pacific cable to deliver resilient, low latency 100G services between North America and Asia.”

Alan Mauldin, Research Director, Telegeography says, “TeleGeography forecasts trans-Pacific bandwidth demand to increase 7-fold by 2020. Tata Communications' upgrade to 100G technology on the TGN-Pacific system is a key step in meeting customer requirements for high-capacity, cost-effective bandwidth. With the highest potential capacity of all existing trans-Pacific systems, the TGN-Pacific system will continue to play a leading role in addressing future demand growth.”

These upgrades complement Tata Communications’ previous GeoMesh deployment on its TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) submarine network that links the U.S. and Europe and allows Tata Communications to meet its customers’ surging bandwidth demands with lower latency and seamless scalability.

Tata Communications’ global connectivity services are built on the world’s largest and most advanced global subsea cable network, which enables carriers and enterprises to connect almost anywhere in the world. The Tata Communications global network (TGN) consists of 210,000 kilometers (kms) of terrestrial and subsea network fiber, reaching countries representing 99.7 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Its IP Transit Network (AS6453) makes up 20 percent of the world’s Internet routes and carries 4,200 petabits of traffic per month on its Internet backbone.

Ciena and Tata Communications are participating in the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) 2014 Conference in Honolulu from January 19th – 22nd.

About Tata Communications 

Tata Communications Limited along with its subsidiaries (Tata Communications) is a leading global provider of A New World of Communications™. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications' depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited). Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India. www.tatacommunications.com