Tata Communications

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Type Private
Traded as BSE500483
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1986
Founders Indian Government
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people Vinod Kumar (CEO & MD)
Revenue US$2.6 billion (2011)[1]
Operating income US$182 million (2011)
Employees 7700 (2010)[2]
Parent Tata Group
Website www.tatacommunications.com

Tata Communications Limited (formerly VSNL)[3] is an Indian telecommunications company with global presence and based in Mumbai. It owns a submarine cable network,[4] a Tier 1 IP network, and also rents data center and co-location space.[5] It operates India's largest data center in Pune.[6] Tata Communications acquired Teleglobe, a company based in Canada, and DishnetDSL, an Indian company, and is the largest shareholder in South African operator Neotel.[7] Tata Communications currently has a cable network of more than 235,000 kilometres.[8]


It was founded as VSNL (Videsh Sanchaar Nigam Limited) in 1986.[9] VSNL was the first Indian PSU to be listed in the NYSE in 2000. In 2002 Tata Communications acquired a 45% stake in VSNL. The international arm of VSNL, VSNL International was launched in 2004. VSNL, formerly owned by the Government, was taken over by the Tata Group and renamed Tata Communications Ltd on 13 February 2008.[10][11] In 2009, Tata Communications and TYCO telecommunications completed the TGN-intra Asia cable system. Built systems acquired from TYCO Communications TGN include VSNL Northern Europe, VSNL Western Europe, VSNL Transatlantic, and VSNL Transpacific. When Government of India divested it shares in VSNL thus enabling Tata Communications to gain controlling stake, there were allegation of scam in the deal. [12] [13]


  • Tata Communications Transformation Services. (TCTS)
  • Tata Communications Internet Services (TCIS)
  • Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL)

Formula 1[edit]

Tata Communications made an agreement for race coverage with Formula 1 Management in 2012. [14]

Cloud Services[edit]

Tata Communications/VSNL Headquarters, Mumbai

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tata Communications Ltd: FY 2011". Yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Tata Communications Ltd: Information from". Answers.com. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  3. ^ "VSNL now Tata Communications". SiliconIndia. 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ 14 April 2010, 02.30pm IST (2010-04-14). "Tata Communications launches Trueroots service in Singapore, Hong Kong, France and Germany - India Business - Business - The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  5. ^ "High hopes around Tata Communications - Moneylife: Personal Finance Magazine". Moneylife.in. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Tata Communications launches its largest Indian data center at Pune". Business-standard.com. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Tata Communications to Acquire Majority Stake in Neotel". Tata Communications. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  8. ^ "Tata Communications". Magnum IT Solutions Pte Ltd. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Tata Communications". Tata Communications. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  10. ^ "VSNL renamed Tata Communications". Rediff.com. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  11. ^ "VSNL is now Tata Communications - Corporate News". livemint.com. 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  12. ^ http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2805/stories/20110311280513200.htm
  13. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sibal-questions-VSNL-disinvestment-orders-probe/articleshow/7758495.cms
  14. ^ Tata Communications signs F1 global technology formula1.com

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