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Etisalat Teams with Tata Communications to Build Multi-service Regional Network

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October 01, 2013

Etisalat Teams with Tata Communications to Build Multi-service Regional Network

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor

With soaring demand for high-bandwidth voice and data services, many communication companies have been joining hands to create multi-service platforms that will not only improve regional communication connectivity but also intercontinental communication connectivity.

Few among such communication companies are Etisalat, a telecom company in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and Tata Communications (News - Alert), a provider of managed solutions in the communications arena.

Both Etisalat and Tata Communications recently extended their collaboration to build a multi-service regional network infrastructure accessed from Etisalat's (News - Alert) SmartHub facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This network infrastructure has been integrated with a new core network node in the SmartHub facility.

Etisalat's SmartHub is a vast capacity, content, Internet and data hub based in the Middle East. It provides regional access for global service providers and global access to the Internet for the region.

Ali Amiri, executive vice president, Etisalat carrier and wholesale, said in a statement, "Today Etisalat's SmartHub is a global communication hub facilitating direct routing of traffic between the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Our goal is to enable economic growth in the UAE through the provision of the best interconnectivity to businesses based in the region.”

According to Etisalat, the connectivity to SmartHub features a robust and diverse infrastructure of both regional and intercontinental cable systems combined with hosting facilities in the SmartHub data center, which is managed by Etisalat's carrier and wholesale services.

The network node included in the new multi-service regional network infrastructure will provide enhanced connectivity between Etisalat's multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), Ethernet and Internet protocol (IP) services and the Tata Communications’ global network.

This will facilitate for direct routing of traffic between the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Europe, thereby improving the communications between the continents.

Radwan Moussalli, managing director and regional head, Middle East and North Africa, Tata Communications, said in a statement, "Tata Communications has made significant investments to its global network over the past few years which underpin our ability to connect the world.”

Moussalli added, “The expanded collaboration with Etisalat is our most recent step in building on this foundation to meet the ever-growing demand for high bandwidth voice and data services, lower latencies and seamless scalability for carriers and enterprises. The Smarthub, with its strategic location and array of connectivity options, makes an ideal facility to provide access to these connectivity requirements, both into and out of the region."

Bottom line is that this collaboration between Etisalat and Tata Communications will augment in-region routing, along with direct connectivity to Kenya and South Africa, Pakistan, India and Europe, thereby creating a platform that will bolster regional connectivity and connections to other regional nodes, including Turkey and Egypt.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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