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Tata Communications

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Formerly called
Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL)
Traded as BSE500483
Industry Telecom
Founded 1986
Founder Government of India
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people
Vinod Kumar (CEO & MD)
Revenue US$3.2 billion (2014)[1]
US$182 million (2011)
Number of employees
12202 (2017)[2]
Parent Tata Group

Tata Communications is a global provider of telecommunications solutions and services. It is part of the $103.51 billion Tata Group.[3]

Beginning as a wholesale service provider focused on India, it has grown to be one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the world. Tata Communications’ customers over 2,000 service providers and enterprises in 240 countries, including many of the world’s largest corporations.

Its telecommunications network spans the globe and includes more than 500,000 km of subsea fibre and more than 210,000 km of terrestrial fibre. The company has invested $1.19 billion in its global subsea fibre network.[4]

Tata Communications uses its network to deliver network services and software-defined network platforms, such as EthernetSD WANCDNInternet,MPLS and Private Line. It has more than 400 Points of Presence globally with data centre and colocation in 44 sites.[5]

In 2015, Tata Communications had a revenue of $3.3 billion, with 77% of its revenue being generated outside of India. The company has over 8,000 employees from 40 nationalities.[6]

Tata Communications is the Official Connectivity Provider for Formula 1. Since 2012, the company has provided Web Hosting and Content Delivery Network Provider for[7]

Tata Communications Limited is headquartered in Mumbai and Singapore and is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India. The company itself also holds a stake in Tata Communications Lanka Limited in Sri Lanka and Tata Teleservices Limited, one of the largest mobile service providers in India.

Tata Communications Headquarters, Mumbai


The company was founded as Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) in 1986. In 2002, Tata Group acquired a 45% stake in VSNL. The international arm of VSNL, VSNL International, was launched in 2004.

VSNL was completely acquired by the Tata Group and renamed as Tata Communications Limited on 13 February 2008. In 2009, Tata Communications and Tyco Telecommunications completed the TGN-Intra Asia cable system. Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

Tata Communications Global Network

Tata Communications operates a wholly owned submarine fibre optic cable network, comprising more than 500,000km of subsea fibre, and 210,000km of terrestrial fibre[8].

In 2012, the company completed its network across Egypt linking Europe to India, creating a subsea fibre network that circumnavigates the world. The 9,280km Eurasian section of the Tata Global Network runs across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, connecting Mumbai with Marseilles, providing a low-latency connection with a round-trip delay of 92 msec, and speeds of between 2Mbit/s and 10Gbit/s [9].

The company has more than 15 terabits/s of international bandwidth lit capacity[10].


Tata Communications signed an agreement with Formula 1 in 2012 to be the official communications provider for the sport and providers core data services that includes powering the website and providing live timing services.[11]

In January 2016, Windstream Communications announced it was extending its 100G network from New Jersey fiber operator NJFX's presence at Tata's Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Wall Township, N.J., to Ashburn, Virginia's Internet hub, estimated to be the hub for 70 percent of the world's Internet traffic.[12]


  • Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS)
  • Tata Communications Data Centers Limited (TCDC)
  • Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL)


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