Cable & Wireless Sets up Communications Gateways in India

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Cable & Wireless (C&W) has received security approvals from the Indian government to set up communications gateways to and from the country.

Until now the company had to route traffic through a local telecommunications services provider, a C&W spokeswoman said Friday. Owning the entire network will give the company flexibility to plan capacity and introduce new services, she added.

C&W was awarded International Long Distance (ILD) and National Long Distance (NLD) licenses by the Indian government in February last year. A number of other communications companies, including AT&T, obtained the licenses.

C&W has been offering VPN (virtual private network) services such as MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) and ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) in India since last February. But it needed government security clearance to run its own gateways, the spokeswoman said.

The company has set up two international gateways in Mumbai and another two in Chennai that have received Lawful Interception and Monitoring Solution (LIMS) clearances from the Indian government. Indian law requires telecommunications service vendors to provide for interception and monitoring of communications by law enforcement agencies under certain conditions.

C&W announced on Thursday the launch of its multiservice platform in India. Multinational and local customers will now be able to benefit from managed IP (Internet Protocol) services.

The company has invested US$30 million in the last nine months to build the multiservice platform network in India, which will form part of the company's core backbone allowing connectivity to its global network across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. C&W will begin migrating customers to the new platform starting next month, the company said.

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