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Press Release -- September 1st, 2010
Source: Tata Communications
Tags: Construction, Exchange, Submarine Cable

Tata Communications Exchange Data Centre Opens in Singapore

Globally advanced facility will allow more Asia Pacific firms to enjoy high-performing data centre services

Singapore – September 1, 2010 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications, announces the opening of its state-of-the-artTata Communications Exchange (TCX) data centre in Singapore, built to meet the growing IT outsourcing needs of enterprises in Asia Pacific.

The six-storey data centre in Tai Seng, near Paya Lebar, is situated in the new I-Park media hub complex. It has 66,000 sq ft of data centre space and will provide increased capacity for both domestic and international firms, bringing them cost and resource efficiencies as well as greater IT service availability and performance.

TCX is part of the US$430 million that Tata Communications pledged to invest in Asia Pacific between 2009 and 2011. US$180million of this figure has been allocated to providing data centre infrastructure and managed services in this geography. TCX’s completion underscores the importance that Tata Communications attaches to Singapore and investment in the region.

“Asia is one of the most attractive investment destinations for businesses today,” says Vinod Kumar, President and Chief Operating Officer, Tata Communications. "Our substantial investment in TCX, coupled with our submarine cable build-out, ensures scalability and global reach while delivering on our commitment to meet customer requirements. We will continue to lead the industry in offering superior data centre and connectivity services into emerging markets. This is where we see high growth potential."

TCX is integrated into Tata Communications' Tier-1 IP backbone that connects Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. Through TCX, Asia Pacific enterprises can access Tata Communications’ market leading suite of data centre services including managed security services, data centre collocation and network collocation, as well as reliably connect with their operations around the globe.

TCX will also support Tata Communications’ cloud computing and managed hosting & storage services to be launched in the near future.

TCX has a number of eco-friendly features incorporated into the design to follow both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Gold recommendations and accreditations. These features include:

  • Diesel Rotary UPS (DRUPS) which reduces power conversion losses with the advantage of no toxic batteries that require disposal or future replacement
  • A cooling system that uses efficient variable speed Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units and air flow management
  • Contiguous data centre floors that offer greater efficiencies for cabling and power supply
  • Air-cooled chillers that eliminate the need for water storage facilities and consumption
  • A designed Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) that is very low for Data Centres located in tropical regions, meeting Tata Communications’ environmental commitment to reduce power consumption globally
  • Use of recyclable materials where possible
  • Non-toxic paints and finishes
  • High thermal efficiency of wall and roof structures
  • Efficient use of available building plot area

Tata Communications’ data centre operations and services are monitored and managed on-site, as well as remotely, from its centralised Managed Services Operations Centre (MSOC). TCX has highly experienced facilities, communications, security and data centre technical support staff on-site 7x24 hours. Further service offerings within TCX will comply with SAS 70 auditing.

Tata Communications is ISO/IEC 14001, 20000 and 27001 certified for its Global Managed Services Operations in the areas of Managed Hosting, Managed Storage Services and Hosted Messaging Services.

TCX was developed as a ‘Built-to-Suit’ project for Tata Communications by Mapletree Industrial Fund, a pan-Asian industrial fund managed by Mapletree Industrial Fund Management Pte Ltd (MIFM). MIFM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, a leading Asian real estate and capital management company based in Singapore.

About Tata Communications
Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications.  With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited).

Tata Communications Limited 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) www.tatacommunications.com

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 www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, updates or alters its forward-looking statements.

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