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December 29, 2008

Bharti Airtel to expand IP-VPN capability across 190 countries

Integrates network with Virtela's

By CBR Staff Writer

Indian telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with Virtela, a managed service provider, to enhance its international managed multi-protocol label switching connectivity outside India to more than 5,000 PoPs across 190 countries.

Under the agreement, Bharti Airtel and Virtela have integrated their networks through connection points in Southeast Asia and Europe in order to expand Bharti’s multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) based internet protocol virtual private network (IP-VPN) capabilities around the world.

Bharti Airtel will now be able to offer its enterprise customers managed MPLS connectivity and advanced managed network solutions.

David Nishball, president of enterprise services at Bharti Airtel, said: The partnership with Virtela is in line with our strategy to extend the global reach of our customers and to provide them with a secure, consistent and robust network running right from their doorstep to the most populous markets and beyond. There is a growing need amongst enterprises for quality, value, consistency and reliability anywhere, anytime and we are committed to deliver that value proposition for our customers across the globe.

John Powell, vice president of global channels at Virtela, said: We are very excited to partner with Bharti Airtel in expanding the reach and depth of managed network services for their enterprise customers to enhance their businesses globally. This relationship further validates the success of our strategy to add value for service providers by augmenting their portfolios to deliver a seamless service for customers to achieve the highest performance and service quality available worldwide.

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