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Tata Touts Next-Gen Strategy

August 25, 2011 | William Zimmerman
tata global network.jpgBy Carol Wilson, Light Reading

Tata Communications Ltd. (NYSE: TCL) is beefing up its global network to offer telepresence and Ethernet services and developing more industry-specific service packages, all preparing for the day when traditional telecom transport providers are extinct, says Tata's top guy in the U.S.

Dave Ryan, Tata's SVP for the Americas, sees that happening within the next 10 years, as content distributors and owners, including Internet giants such as Google, own the real value. Surviving will depend on "how we align with these evolving service providers to enable them to offer their services globally."

Telecom companies are "really going to become like a piece part, as opposed to companies today that provide all the solutions," Ryan says. "We are planning to be part of that shift."

Tata's plan for surviving this transition doesn't look that different, on the surface, from that of many other multinational providers: Build a global fiber optic network, partner with other companies to reach markets you don't reach, add IP and Ethernet capabilities, layer on services such as telepresence and cloud, and develop vertical market specialties.

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