TATA COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

Tata Communications Increases Connectivity From Africa to India and Europe via the SEACOM Cable System

    Mumbai, India (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Subsidiary, TCTS, Receive Contract for Network Operation and Management of SEACOM Cable

MUMBAI, India, March 17 /PRNewswire/ --

    Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications, announced today that the company is an anchor tenant customer on the privately owned SEACOM cable system.

    The SEACOM cable system enables Tata Communications to provide fully integrated network services from South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya to its networks in Europe, Asia and India.

    Another subsidiary company, Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTS), has been awarded the network administration, operations and maintenance contract of the cable supporting 1.28 Tbps of capacity.

    "Through this major infrastructure build-out and our expertise in undersea cable operations, Tata Communications is uniquely positioned to provide efficient and experienced management," said Byron Clatterbuck, Senior Vice President, Global Transmission Services at Tata Communications. "As a truly global service provider, we are able to provide end-to-end solutions in India, Europe and South Africa, as well as onward connectivity to major business destinations in the United States and Asia."

    Tata Communications operates the landing point in Mumbai while Neotel will manage the landing point in South Africa. As result of this, the company can provide seamless connectivity between the SEACOM cable system and the Tata Communications global network, along with Neotel's converged network in South Africa.

    "Prior to the development of this cable system a majority of East Africa relied on small and expensive satellite circuits to meet their international network requirements," said Brian Herlihy, President of SEACOM, Ltd. "We are pleased to be collaborating with Tata Communications in our ongoing effort to meet the rapidly increasing demand for increased bandwidth and connectivity throughout this region of the world."

    Through SEACOM, Tata Communications is able to expand the reach of the Tata Global Network (TGN) to destinations on the East Coast of Africa. Additionally, the SEACOM cable system strengthens Tata Communications world-class IP and MPLS services, which are primed for significant growth in the rapidly growing region. SEACOM and Tata Communications are planning for the system to be ready for service by June 2009.

    For more information on Tata Communications undersea cable systems visit http://www.tatacommunications.com.

    About Tata Communications

    Tata Communications, a member of the $62.5 billion Tata Group, is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. The emerging markets communications leader leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national and Indian enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

    Tata Communications' range of services include transmission, IP, converged voice, mobility, managed network connectivity, hosting and storage, managed security, managed collaboration and business transformation for global enterprises and service providers, as well as Internet, retail broadband and content services for Indian consumers. The Tata Global Network encompasses one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 300 Pops, and more than 1 million square feet of data center and co-location facilities.

    Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach includes a national fiber backbone network and access to network in over 60 cities and 125 Pops in India, strategic investments in South African converged services operator, Neotel, Sri Lanka and Nepal and, subject to fulfillment of conditions precedent, a 50% ownership in China Enterprise Communications (CEC) providing full country VPN coverage in China.

    Servicing customers from its offices in over 80 cities in 40 countries, Tata Communications is the number one global international wholesale voice operator and number one provider of international long distance, enterprise data and Internet services in India, the Company was named "Best Wholesale Carrier" at the World Communications Awards in 2006, "Best Pan-Asian Wholesale Provider" at the 2006 and 2007 Capacity Magazine Global Wholesale Telecommunications Awards and was awarded "Best Progress in Emerging Markets" at the 2008 Mobile Communication Awards.

    Tata Communications Limited along with its global subsidiaries, (Tata Communications), is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)

    Forward-looking and cautionary statements

    Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata Communications' expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of Tata Communications' operations, and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications' network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company's communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications' industry; and, in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata Communications' control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Tata Communications' various filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at http://www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, updates or alters its forward-looking statements.

      Media Contacts:
      Donald Schuett,
      Tata Communications,
      +1-732-888-6725,
      d.schuett@tatacommunications.com ;
      Janice Goveas,
      Tata Communications,
      +91-92233-94575,
      Janice.Goveas@tatacommunications.com ;
      Kristen Massaro,
      STC Associates,
      +1-646-214-6545,
      kristen@stcassociates.com .

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Contact:
Media Contacts: Donald Schuett, Tata Communications, +1-732-888-6725,
d.schuett@tatacommunications.com ; Janice Goveas, Tata
Communications, +91-92233-94575, Janice.Goveas@tatacommunications.com
; Kristen Massaro, STC Associates, +1-646-214-6545,
kristen@stcassociates.com .



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