TM in Internet pact with UAE’s Etisalat
By Digital News Asia March 6, 2014
- TM extends its reachability and connectivity to the Middle East
- SmartHub provides integrated and seamless connectivity with low latency
TELEKOM Malaysia Berhad (TM) has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat which would allow the Malaysian telecommunications giant to leverage on the latter’s SmartHub facility at the Fujairah Cable Landing Station (CLS).
This move would allow TM to provide a wide array of reliable communications services in Malaysia and beyond, TM said in a statement, including content, Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX), Internet Exchange (IX) and high speed data services.
Etisalat provides next-generation networking technology for fixed line and wireless services in the Middle East. Its SmartHub’s converged integration of multiple network infrastructure components (bundling services) provides integrated, robust and seamless connectivity with low latency, TM said.
The partnership would also enable TM to connect its customers in the Middle East and neighbouring region via diversified routes to Europe and Asia.
“We at TM are constantly investing and partnering with world -class providers to offer better reachability and connectivity through reciprocal business,” said Rozaimy Rahman, executive vice president, Global & Wholesale, TM.
“This alliance with Etisalat will maintain TM’s Point of Presence (POP) in the Middle East and communications hub of choice in the region, thus enabling TM to create a value proposition as one of the key players in the Middle East region.
“The range of services that can be offered include IP Transit, Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IPVPN), Global Ethernet (GE), International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC), Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks (providing secure connectivity), voice hubbing, and others,” he added.
Etisalat’s executive vice president of Carrier & Wholesale Services Ali Amiri said that TM would be establishing a multi-functional network node at Etisalat’s SmartHub.
“Over the past year, the hub has already proved its capability in providing consistency and best-in-class connectivity in the region,” he added.
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