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Etisalat, Tata in Ethernet tie-up

Dubai, March 2, 2009

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) and Tata Communications have jointly announced the launch of enterprise network services.

The partnership enables both companies to offer a range of dedicated Ethernet services to customers seeking connectivity in the UAE and globally.

It will help Etisalat to extend its reach by offering Layer-2 Global Ethernet services into and out of the UAE, while Tata Communications can now extend its global network coverage into the UAE.

By partnering with Tata Communications, the global leader in Ethernet services portfolio, Etisalat has completed the loop of reaching every corner of the world, said a top Etisalat official.

Abdulla Hashim, vice president, Business Solutions at Etisalat said, 'Etisalat's alliance with Tata Communications is a significant accomplishment, in line with our strategy of partnering with leading service providers to extend Etisalat’s global footprint.'

'Through this partnership, Etisalat will offer benefits of dedicated end-to-end bandwidth through a superior variety of global Ethernet solutions in addition to offering value added services like Managed Disaster Recovery, Managed Data centre services to our customers,' he observed.

Etisalat can now leverage Tata Communications’ Ethernet portfolio to offer advanced network services to its customers who are expanding globally into new and emerging markets, looking for a service provider who provides the best connectivity options.

Tata Communications’ MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) certified range of Ethernet services span across five continents and features Layer-2 Ethernet over SONET/SDH, Ethernet over MPLS and a range of configurations to keep pace with growth in customer requirements.

Ethernet today is an ideal choice for enterprises with growing bandwidth and technology requirements as it is cost-effective, scalable, and a flexible solution for enterprises of all sizes.

Etisalat also plans to extend its global footprint by either setting up its own nodes or by partnering with the best telecom operators across the globe.

Etisalat currently has partnerships with 15 major telecom providers worldwide since 2005 and has been offering international connectivity solutions to major customers.

Tata Communications will now be able to extend connectivity into the UAE for its Ethernet and global MPLS customers.

Tata Communications considers the UAE as a highly strategic market experiencing rapid growth in international trade and business, said a top official.

Tata Communications, with one of the largest submarine cable networks in the world and a sophisticated array of managed services, would further enhance the UAE nodes into a hub for its enterprise network solutions in the Gulf region.

Commenting on the partnership, Vinod Kumar, chief operating officer of Tata Communications, said, “Expansion into the UAE in partnership with Etisalat achieves a key milestone in our strategy of building connectivity into emerging markets and being the provider of choice, delivering seamless solutions to meet the varied and wide spread network needs of our global customers.”

Both partners intend to build and offer a host of value-added services including Telepresence, managed security services, CDN(content delivery networks), Hosting and Managed Contact Centers into the region.

Tata Communications now has a new office in Dubai, in addition to its existing office in Abu Dhabi.

Both providers will effectively collaborate to work on various marketing and sales support activities in the UAE and globally to develop and deliver innovative solutions.

These solutions would be targeted for key enterprise segments such as airlines, media, real estate, logistics, banking & finance and other companies.

“We stand to realize long and lasting benefits from joining hands with<


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