Vinod Kumar

“Market demands for our services remain strong and we continue to increase our wallet share with large global enterprises. The conclusion of the Data Center and Neotel deals makes us stronger, more agile. This will help drive focus and momentum into our evolution from a traditional telco to a next-generation digital enablement provider.”

Vinod Kumar,
MD and CEO,
Tata Communications

Tata Communications has picked up a net profit of 12.3 billion over the last financial quarter and year ' and the company says a large part of that growth has come from its data business.

Despite a 1.4 percent drop in revenue as voice demand tapered off, the company has experienced 6.8 percent year-on-year growth for its data business. Tata's data business comprises traditional services, growth services, and operations by its subsidiaries. The company's growth services rose 18.4 percent. They include managed hosting, managed security services, broadcast, video connect, SIP trunking, contact center, video streaming, and others.

However, growth was sluggish (0.8 percent) in its traditional services portfolio, which includes VPN, international private line, Ethernet, IP, Inmarsat, data center, and unified collaboration. Last year, Tata Communications and ST Telemedia signed a deal which allowed ST Telemedia to purchase a 74 percent majority stake in Tata's data center business in India and Singapore. Tata holds the remaining stake as a minority shareholder. The company also sold off its African subsidiary Neotel to Liquid Telecom earlier this year.

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