07 May 2011

TATA Communications Launches 2nd International Gatewayat in Sri Lanka at Orion City in Colombo

01st May 2011, www.thebottomline.lk

Telecommunication service provider, TATA Communications Lanka Ltd last week inaugurated its second International Gateway in Sri Lanka at the emerging IT Park, Orion City in Colombo.

Strengthening its seven-year presence in the country, the new facility will further strengthen the reliability and stability of its services to both operators and enterprise customers. The second International Gateway is a part of a strategy to offer cutting-edge IP-leveraged solutions enabled by the company’s superior global infrastructure and leadership in emerging markets.

“In the last seven years, we have grown substantially, thanks to our customers and their trust in us. We thought it fit to have greater redundancy for the existing primary POP in Taj Samudra and to provide an independent back-haul, for extending reliable and stable services,” explained V. Ravi Sankar, CEO, TATA Communications Lanka regarding the objective of the new venture.

“This will enable our customers to offer higher uptime and better service levels to their end customers, thereby becoming more competitive in the international business environment.”
Acknowledging the support of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) and Board of Investment (BOI), Ravi Sankar said that both these organisations, under the respective leadership of Anusha Palpita and J. D. Bandaranayake, have been forward-looking and helpful.

Enterprise solutions, as well as wholesale voice solutions and carrier services, which are currently routed through the primary POP, shall be offered from the new gateway.

Hereafter, some of these services would be routed partially or completely through the new POP, if required, as a redundant measure. With the new gateway facility operating at Orion City, resident customers operating from the IT Park will be able to receive services at a competitive price; additionally, order fulfillment will be faster. “Because we are bringing our services to the doorstep of the customer, the local charges will be less,” Ravi Sankar added.

“The second POP not only strengthens stability, but also improves the reliability of the services offered to operators and enterprises, so that they receive an enhanced service experience,” said S. K. Gupta, Chairman, TATA Communications Lanka. “Through a very reliable network that connects customers globally, our customers can be confident, and the country at large will benefit,” he added. With the first phase of the venture underway, the total investment proposed is LKR 70 million.

The new gateway was inaugurated by the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Ashok K. Kantha, in the presence of distinguished guests and delegates. Anusha Palpita, Director General, TRCSL, made the first IDD call through the new International Gateway to Vinod Kumar, Group CEO and Managing Director of TATA Communications Ltd.

TATA Communications Lanka Ltd is a subsidiary of TATA Communications Limited, a TATA Group company and one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the world. Providing services to customers in Sri Lanka, TATA Communications Lanka has unrestricted access to the global network and infrastructure of TATA Communications Limited.

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