Qtel, Reliance Globalcom ink pact
Doha, January 3, 2009
Qtel and Reliance Globalcom, have signed a strategic agreement that will help position Qatar as a major hub for global Internet Protocol Services including global ethernet.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will inter-connect networks to provide a range of managed services for Qatar-based and international clients.
“This agreement further defines Qtel as the leader in providing customized global telecom solutions to businesses in Qatar and the region,” said Ahmed Al-Derbesti, executive director, international services, Qtel.
Under the partnership, Qtel and Reliance Globalcom will be able to offer a comprehensive range of value-added services to customers in Qatar and internationally, including Global Ethernet, Full Circuit IPLC (International Private Leased Circuit), Managed Services and IP VPN (Internet Protocol for Virtual Private Networks).
Such advanced services enable business networks to manage a higher volume of voice, video and data applications in a more innovative manner, providing an important competitive advantage to globally-focused companies.
Reliance Globalcom owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system, spanning 65,000 kilometres and connecting key business markets in India, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the United States, including its FLAG Europe-Asia cable.
By positioning Qatar as a hub on this cable system, customers in Qatar and neighbouring countries could be less exposed to the impact of cable breaks in the future.
“Our relationship with Qtel is part of a strategy to collaborate with quality service providers and leverage each other's strengths to extend network capability and reach in the region for serving the fast growing needs of our customers,” said Punit Garg, president and CEO for Reliance Globalcom.
Qtel has a presence in 17 countries and continues to expand in the Middle East, North Africa, the Subcontinent and Asia, while Reliance Globalcom currently works with more than 1,400 enterprises and 200 telecommunications carriers in 163 countries.-TradeArabia News Service