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November 23, 2009

Tata Communications enters into strategic partnership with Middle East operators

To construct new cable system in Gulf

By CBR Staff Writer

Tata Communications has signed strategic partnership agreements with several of the telecommunications operators in the Middle East to construct a new cable system into the Gulf. The new cable will connect the region directly to the world’s major business hubs and city centres through Tata’s Global Network (TGN).

According to Tata Communications, the partners, Bahrain Internet Exchange in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Nawras of Oman, Qatar Telecom of Qatar, Mobily of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates will each be the exclusive landing party for the TGN gulf cable system in their respective geography.

The company said that the cable and the relationships with the landing parties will be further developed to provide an extended portfolio of value added services for local and global enterprise customers who are very active in the expanding emerging market.

The TGN-Gulf Cable System and its associated worldwide reach provide new dimensions to the infrastructure and service capabilities for each of the partners. Using their own cable station, each party will have access to a new high-speed route to the globe and bring in much needed resilience and diversity to the infrastructure in each country. This capacity will enable the expansion in broadband penetration, internet usage and enterprise applications in each market, the company claims.

Vinod Kumar, president and COO of Tata Communications, said: This partnership with the top operators in the Middle East to build the TGN Gulf cable system underscores our aspirations to be a key player in the emerging markets space.

“Each of these partnerships will create mutual benefits that will multiply steadily as companies in the Middle East expand out to the rest of the world and as global MNCs seek connectivity to expand their operations to this fast growing region.

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