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Bharti Airtel’s cables to host 23 global companies
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 11:09 PM IST
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Bharti Airtel has signed deals with 23 global carriers of voice and data including Australia’s Telstra and UK-based Cable & Wireless, which will use the Indian firm’s submarine cable network to route their India traffic. According to Times New Network, these carriers will link to Bharti’s undersea cable network hubs in London and Singapore and carry their voice and data traffic through the latter’s infrastructure, said David Nishball, the company’s president for enterprise services. This means many of these carriers will not take an international long distance (ILD) licence in India and roll out their own networks here. Bharti is also expanding its points of presence of its ILD network to 17 global destinations from five at present. Besides, the company will soon announce the formation of terrestrial cable consortiums that will link the neighboring countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and China. The enterprise segment accounts for 22% of Bharti Airtel’s total revenues. “Last year, we launched ‘India with Airtel’, where we offered to share our networks with any international carrier that wants to enter India. We are offering many of our partners 15-year contracts and part ownership of the capacity on our submarine cables,” Mr Nishball said. He, however, refused to reveal the names of the partners. He said the telco would make a series of announcements about these partnerships soon.

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