Tata Communications is a global telecom company owned by the Indian business conglomerate Tata Group. In 2008, Tata completed their acquisition of VSNL International and renamed it Tata Communications. The company provides connectivity, CDN, hosting, and professional services, and their infrastructure includes sub-sea, terrestrial communications networks, and data centers. They also offer wireline and wireless services.
The company was founded in 1986 by the Indian government and now has yearly revenue exceeding $3 billion. They are based in Mumbai and have over 8,000 employees.
Tata is also a partial owner of Neotel in South Africa, Tata Communications Lanka Limited in Sri Lanka, and United Telecom in Nepal. They also hold a stake in Tata Teleservices Limited, the 6th largest mobile service provider in India with over 60 million subscribers.
Tata Communications has 44 points of presence worldwide and nearly 25% of the Internet’s routes are on the Tata Tier 1 network. They own the world’s largest submarine fiber network and are the only Tier 1 provider that is in the top 5 contents. They have over 15 terabits/s of bandwidth capacity.
Pricing & Contract Terms
Like most telco providers, Tata Communications pricing is private and highly variable depending on what services you need. They offer just about any service an Internet business could need and have one of the largest global data center footprints in the world. Contact a sales rep to discuss your needs and get a custom quote. The BitGravity CDN pricing is also private, but is generally very competitive, especially for traffic in India.
Tata Communications offers a wide variety of services to the enterprise, including network services, data center, unified communications, managed security, and voice & mobile. They also offer managed hosting, colocation, and operate the BitGravity content delivery network.
The BitGravity CDN was launched in 2006 and is primarily used for media streaming. They have 19 POPs globally, with 7 of those locations in India. Their BG Video Director product is a video lifecycle solution that offers everything from ingest to delivery in the cloud. This includes content management, encoding, video players, ad network integration, security, and variable bit rate streaming.
Why Choose Tata Communications?
Tata Communications has 44 data centers across the United States, Europe, Asia, and even South Africa, making them one of the larger data center providers in the world. That said, their strength remains in India, where 70% of their employees are located along with the biggest chunk of their network infrastructure.
Tata is a great option for anyone doing business in India, or who has a need for managed hosting or colocation in that region. The BitGravity CDN is also a good low cost option for those with a need for basic video delivery (although their coverage and performance in N America and Europe are lacking).