Telstra Signs Network-to-Network Interconnect Pact with Tata Communications and Connects Indian Cities


Australia based Telstra’s multinational customers will now be able to benefit from superior connectivity to and from India thanks to a new agreement with Tata Communications, a provider of next gen communications. The Network-to-Network Interconnection (NNI) will utilise Tata Communications’ 116 Points of Presence (PoPs), extending Telstra’s reach to tier-2 and tier-3 Indian cities such as Jaipur, Surat and Trichy.

Bernadette Noujaim Baldwin, Telstra Global Enterprise & Services, Head of Connectivity and Platforms Portfolio, said the new arrangement with Tata Communications was part of Telstra’s broader MPLS strategy, which includes NNI agreements in emerging markets that are of high value to customers and the expansion of its own on-net PoPs.

“The latest estimates from a PricewaterhouseCoopers report predict India is set to become the third largest economy in the world by 2030. When you combine this with its young and burgeoning working-age population, you’ve got a compelling consumption boom and a competitive edge that sets Asia’s third-largest economy apart from many other countries.”

“With these economic and social indicators in mind, we’re seeing demand for data connectivity throughout India grow as an increasing number of Asian, European and American headquartered businesses look to India for long-term growth opportunities.”

“Telstra is focused on providing services to large multinational companies that are expanding across Asia and the rest of the world, which is why we are leveraging Tata Communications’ deep network footprint to extend our service coverage throughout India and provide customers the same security, redundancy and quality of service offered on the Telstra network,” she said.

Through the partnership, Telstra and Tata Communications have defined roles and responsibilities for the management of the NNI to ensure the seamless delivery and support for services in the region. By leveraging Tata Communications’ domestic infrastructure and global subsea fibre network, users will benefit from reduced latency and increased network availability, empowering them to rapidly access the business services they need.

James Walker, Vice President, Managed Networks Services, Tata Communications, said: “India is a key emerging market, and our position as a company founded in India, coupled with our tier-1 network which circles the globe, allows us to provide international customers with best-in-class performance and coverage across India and beyond. We are pleased to be working with Telstra to provide their customers the high level of connectivity support and access needed for growth and global investment into this key region.”

Today’s announcement strengthens Telstra’s position of operating one of the most scalable networks across the globe, facilitating access to more than 2,000 PoPs in 230 countries and territories.