The Full form of VSNL is Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited. Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, popularly known as VSNL was an Indian based telecommunication company. It was incorporated in 1986 as a public sector enterprise to cater to overseas communication services. In 2002, the Indian government privatized VSNL and the Tata Group acquired a controlling stake in the company. It was India’s largest player in international long-distance services and had a strong pan-India presence in domestic long-distance services. The company operated landing stations, undersea cables, managed services, leased lines and data centres across India. It also runs a network of earth stations, switches and submarine cable systems and offers international telecommunications services including mobile, IP and voice services. VSNL was the world’s largest international wholesale carrier with more than 415 direct and bilateral relationships with leading international voice telecommunications providers, providing more than 17 billion minutes of international wholesale voice traffic annually. It was the first telecom service provider to acquire the TL 9000 certification globally. The company provides connections to over 400 mobile operators worldwide. VSNL, now called Tata Communications is a global provider of telecommunication solutions and services. It is a part of the Tata Group.