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Re: More undersea cable wars brewing in India

  • From: Suresh Ramasubramanian
  • Date: Thu Dec 23 08:49:45 2004
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On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 13:37:16 +0000, Adrian Chadd <[email protected]> wrote:
> Its a crappy position to be in, I completely agree. But I think you should
> consider how much time, effort and money it takes to lay /new/ cable.
> Its eas(ier) to just light up a new pair when the demand is there.
> Capacity planning isn't easy when it takes a lot of said
> time, effort and money to lay new cable.

So what you're suggesting is to just let them squabble over existing
bandwidth and run a whole lot of new cables?

Yes that's being done .. but let's remember that VSNL and Reliance,
the two main parties in this bunfight, took over two companies that
had billions of dollars worth of cable lying all over the ocean floor
.. for a few hundred million dollars apiece.

And there's the little matter of an agreement that VSNL, back in the
years when it was the incumbent monopoly ISP + international telco in
India, got hold of monopoly reseller rights from FLAG on their current
cable to india - which lands at VSNL's landing stations in Bombay and

Finding a way to get this unused bandwidth disgorged would be excellent ..

Suresh Ramasubramanian ([email protected])