Flag Telecom rides on high-speed broadband users

MUMBAI: Flag Telecom, a Reliance Infocomm company, has gained from a strong demand for its bandwidth by broadband service providers across the globe. The network support and communication services company has seen a 500 per cent surge in orders for wavelength capacity on its trans-Atlantic optical fibre submarine cable quarter on quarter in the first half of 2005.



Flag has signed major contracts this year for additional capacity with six international carriers and one global Internet content provider. Says Flag VP Marketing Chris Wood, ?Volume growth has been driven by the increased use of broadband services by businesses and by the deployment of ever faster delivery speeds of 2Mbits/s and beyond to the home. Our success in the marketplace stems from the design and deployment of our optical fibre network that has demonstrated service quality and performance benefits over other competitive systems. This, coupled with close control of costs and pricing, has enabled us to offer highly cost-effective solutions to our customers and to cement long-term mutually-beneficial relationships with them.?



The demand has increased more than 60-fold over the last seven years as services have moved from voice and low-speed data to high-speed broadband. Carriers have also been looking to replace capacity on older submarine cable systems with capacity on the latest generation of optical fibre cables such as ours, Flag Atlantic-1 (FA-1). This may not yet be the market upturn many have been forecasting but it is an encouraging migration to quality.?

Flag Telecom owns and manages an extensive optical fibre network spanning four continents and connecting key business markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. It also owns and operates a low latency global MPLS based IP network, which connects most of the world's principal

international Internet exchanges.

Flag?s cable network spans the globe and the company has an acknowledged reputation for a centralised end to end network management underpinned by exceptional quality and service support.

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