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Flag and British Vanco sign bilateral deal

business Updated: Jun 07, 2007 23:53 IST
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The Reliance Communications subsidiary Flag Telecom has tied up with British virtual network operator Vanco to expand its network to South America and Australia. The five-year deal will let Vanco use Flag's undersea cable network across Asia.

Flag Telecom is in the process of launching a global new generation network and will soon be listed in London.

Punit Garg, Flag’s chief executive officer said: This agreement provides Flag and its customers access to a further 81 countries across the globe.”

The Flag network connects the United States, Europe, West Asia, the Mediterranean nations, the Indian sub-continent and South-east Asia.

The alliance will give Flag Telecom access to over 2 lakh kilometres of optic fibre cable across six continents on routes where it does not have a presence. The strategic initiative would also enable FLAG to carry data traffic of large multinational companies across continents.

Last year, the company had announced a $1.5 billion project to lay 50,000 kilometres of fresh optic fibre adding to its existing 65,000 km undersea cable network.

Reliance Communication is set to launch its Next Generation International Long Distance Network later this week. The launch of the network would make RCom the first Asian and Indian telecom company to have deployed a technology that would support all existing and future technology platforms.

The company had earlier converted the entire length of its 65,000 km undersea cable network by installing IP enabled technology and technology installations at its International Gateways at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkatta from where the traffic would be routed to a media gateway installed at Navi Mumbai.

The four International Gateways in India would be connected on the FLAG Global network at Los Angeles, New York, UK and Hong Kong. A total of 22 NGN Points of Presence (PoP’s) have been established across the entire length of the network initially.

The company is establishing interconnection with Indian telco’s with its NGN that is expected to be completed this week.