By Pacnet

Pacnet today announced that it has signed agreements with Bharti Airtel Limited to deliver a new high-speed network connecting Chennai to the US.

The US$120 million network, created through the synergy of Bharti Airtel’s i2i cable system and its domestic network in India, together with Pacnet’s EAC-C2C and EAC Pacific submarine cable network, will enable businesses and consumers across India to enjoy enhanced high-speed broadband connectivity to the US via Asia.

Simultaneously, both firms will also benefit from gaining additional complementary fiber capacity, as well as additional network routes to increase the diversity and resiliency of their global IP networks.

“Increasing network capacity westward of Singapore is an important step forward in ensuring we are able to deliver on our customers’ requirements and keep pace with the growth momentum which we are seeing across India,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Pacnet.

“The new Chennai-US network will deliver much needed bandwidth as there is an exponential increase in demand for international connectivity from India to Asia and the US,” said Sunanda Das, Country Manager, Pacnet India.

Pacnet’s EAC-C2C is Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network of 36,800 km, which lands at 18 cable landing stations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. EAC-C2C has a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries with continuous upgrades underway.

About Pacnet

Named “Company of the Year for Excellence in Growth” by Frost & Sullivan in 2009 and “Best Wholesale Carrier” at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, Pacnet is Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries, as well as EAC Pacific, which spans 9,620 km across the Pacific Ocean and delivers up to 1.92 Tbps of capacity between Asia and North America. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America. For more information, please visit: