Tata set to boost African telecoms growth on sea cable installation

By bne IntelliNews March 12, 2010
Global telecoms giantTata Communications is set to increase its investments in Africato capitalise on the arrival of new submarine data cables. CEO SrinathNarasimhan said the launch of the West African Cable System - a high-speedcommunications cable running from SA to the UK that is expected to becomeoperational next year - would lead to Tata opening up more opportunities on thewest coast of Africa. The company has made few significant investments on thecontinent beyond a 56% stake in SAs fixed-line operator Neotel. Narisimhansaid the infrastructure isnt yet in place to deliver a full portfolio ofservices in West Africa but that would beresolved once the WACS cable comes into operation.

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