Sify aims to make India a cloud hub

by Ashwani Mishra    Jan 11, 2012

Sify Technologies is hopeful of making India as the cloud hub of the world as it announced the operational readiness of its undersea cable landing system in Mumbai.

“With this launch we can provide telecom operators and other communications companies, both in the region and globally, with greater choice, value, diversity and resilience. With the technology in place, India can look to become the cloud hub of the world by taking advantage of this landing station,” said Raju Vegesna, Chairman and Managing Director, Sify Technologies.

He added that that Sify looks forward to partnering with telecom service providers and playing a larger active role in the communication revolution that is unfolding in the Asia Pacific region, Middle East and Africa. “With capacity to land additional submarine cable systems, this connectivity will open a larger market for our industry-leading Managed Enterprise and Data Centre Services in the Middle Eastern market,” he said.

Sify will be an exclusive landing partner for Gulf Bridge International (GBI), which is the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator. GBI Cable System will connect all the countries of the Gulf region to each other, and will provide onward connectivity to India and beyond via Sify’s landing station in Mumbai.

In May 2010, GBI and Sify had signed an agreement to land GBI’s sub-sea cable system in India.

“We forecast a significant increase in the demand for international bandwidth between the Middle East and Asia, driven by the favourable demographics and increasing economic strength in both regions. This landing station and the GBI cable will become the leading gateway between these markets,” said Ahmed Mekky, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Bridge International.

On the occasion, Sify also signed a Landing Party Agreement (LPA) with MENA Submarine Cable System S.A.E, a licensed telecommunications operator in the Egypt. MENA cable spans over three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia). Initially it lands in Italy, Egypt, KSA, Oman, and India with expansion plans to service more African and European countries.

“By Landing with Sify, we believe that MENA will be able to connect India to Europe with its express fiber link in order to serve the growing demand on the Indian market. As a private investment and ownership, MENA will be able to show fast, flexible and professional offerings where our strategy is to provide unique services in the market to India, Asia, Middle East, and Europe customers,” said Ahmed Khalaf, Managing Director, MENA Submarine Cable System.