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Cable & Wireless prepares launch of IP-based networks in India

india Updated: Feb 25, 2008 21:02 IST
Ruchi Hajela

Leading telecom and networking company Cable & Wireless India, which recently secured the national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) licences from the department of telecom, plans to roll out its IP-based network in India in the next three months.

“The licences would enable us to build our backbone IP-based network around India for reliable, global services for our customers,” Jim Marsh, Chief Executive Officer – Europe, Asia & US, Cable & Wireless, told the Hindustan Times.

Data-centric applications that require high bandwidths would be rolled out a phased out manner over the next 12 months, company officials said.

Around February last year, British Telecom, a competitor of Cable & Wireless, which also received ILD and NLD licences to expand their services in India, rolled out its IP network in the country. Going forward, the company would focus on international companies aiming to expand their operations in India.

“India is the growth engine for other companies and therefore we have to be here,” Marsh said, though he did not elaborate on the investment for building its network here. He said that the company would continue to invest whatever it requires. Globally, telecom players like AT&T and Verizon are competitors of Cable & Wireless offering a services across the telecom spectrum including services like broadband, IP telephony and bundled handsets to end consumersl.

However, Cable&Wireless plans to focus exclusively on enterprises instead of the end-consumer business, Marsh clarified. The company even exited about 30,000 of its small corporate clients over the last two years to be able to focus on large enterprises, he said, adding that there were many advantages of enterprise users including lean operational costs, bulk usage of data, and easier management.

Cable&Wireless provides network infrastructure and connectivity to BPO (business process outsourcing) companies or IT-enabled service (ITeS) companies that contribute about 60 per cent of its revenue in India.

Cable&Wireless India manages networks for IT majors like Wipro and TCS among others, providing network infrastructure to support their global presence.

“We work with about seven out of the top 10 IT companies in India and plan to target the next top 10 as a part of our growth strategy in India,” Sunanda Das, Managing Director, India & South Asia, said. The company, which is hedquartered in Bangalore, has about 300 direct employees and about 1,100 staff through partner companies. “We plan to increase the headcount by about 30 per cent by the year-end,” Das added.