Balaka Baruah Aggarwal
New Delhi, Sept 9
Teleglobe Inc, a Canada-based satellite bandwidth provider has signed up with Satyam Infoway and Gujarat Narmada Fertilizer Corporation (GNFC) to provide bandwidth for their Internet services through the INTELSAT series of satellites.
Teleglobe will provide Satyam with 12 MBPS of satellite bandwidth while GNFC
will have 8/2 MBPS where 8 MBPS will be for inbound traffic and 2 MBPS for
Both Satyam and GNFC have set up their gateways that are not operational yet.
According to Sharat Jain, Country Manager, Teleglobe of the Indian liaison
office, “We will uplink the traffic on INTELSAT through Europe and
thereafter carry it through our transatlantic cable, Cantad.”
Currently Teleglobe provides around 91 MBPS to VSNL out of which 45 MBPS is
on satellite while the rest is on submarine cables. STPI has also brought around
12 MBPS from Teleglobe during the last six months. The company is also in the
process of closing deals with two A category ISPs although Jain declined to name
the ISPs. Spectranet and Jain TV are also in the process of closing deals with
Speaking about the bandwidth scenario in India, Jain said, “Despite the
demand for bandwidth, the fact is that transponder space over the subcontinent
is fast drying up. And the back-haul infrastructure in the country to distribute
the domestic requirements of bandwidth is not sufficient.”
Meanwhile Teleglobe has also invested in a $ 50 million in a submarine cable
project called South Africa Far East (SAFE) that will connect Europe with the
Eastern part of the globe through Africa. Starting at UK, the cable will touch
South Africa and India and then Malaysia. As Jain said, “From Europe to US,
there is enough capacity and it was critical to provide more connectivity in
this region.” The SAFE-SAT3 project will have a landing station at Cochin.
The SAFE project which will provide a capacity of 50 GBPS to India is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2001.