Computer World (Singapore) has a fascinating article on how the tiny-island nation is becoming the bandwidth and technology hub of Asia. VSNL, for instance is building a 3175 kilometer 5.12 terabit cable between Madras and Singapore, the second such pipe between the two places. Bharti Telecom already has multi-terabit i2i cable in place, and others are in the works. According to the latest TeleGeography research, capacity prices from the U.S. to India are still five to ten times higher than on the U.S. to Hong Kong route. ?ÄúInevitably, the increase in capacity and number of competing cable systems will drive down the price of bandwidth to India,” said Alan Mauldin, Senior Research Analyst at TeleGeography Research. “In other parts of Asia, prices declined by 60 percent or more in the last year ?Äî this could easily be repeated on Indian routes for years to come.”
Thanks to these and other cables, it seems India’s bandwidth capacity is going to increase from 31 gigabits/second in 2001 to 541 gigabits per second by end of 2004, reports Telegeography.