In a significant decision, the Board of VSNL has approved a proposal to change the company name to Tata Communications Limited. The new name and identity will help the telecom provider leverage the immense brand equity associated with Tata Group and the tremendous global recognition that it has received in recent years. The brand change will be unveiled globally through an integrated brand campaign across TV, print, outdoor hoardings and Internet.
“The change in the company’s name is a major step in our commitment to customers, partners and stakeholders. Tata Communications reiterates a focus on the global communications business where we are a major player. At the same time, it reflects our strong heritage and leadership position in India,” said N Srinath, Managing Director and CEO, VSNL.
Five years after the Tata Group assumed management control of VSNL, the telecom provider has re-invented itself through entry into new businesses, geographies and customer segments on the back of over $1 billion investments. VSNL has also undergone a major re-engineering to focus on flexibility and responsiveness.
VSNL’s growth in last five years has been aided by several acquisitions in India and overseas. Through the TGN and Teleglobe acquisitions, the company gained ownership of an advanced global submarine cable backbone and an IP network. It has continued its investments in building out its next-generation network, with two new submarine cables and a global multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) and Ethernet network. In 2006, VSNL was recognised as the best wholesale carrier at the World Communications Awards.
VSNL has also announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2007-08. It has reported a total standalone income of Rs 2,025 crore for the quarter, against Rs 1,956 crore for the corresponding period last fiscal. Net profits on a standalone basis were Rs 166 crore as against Rs 195 crore of Q2FY07.