Starwood Hotels and Tata Communications Partner to Roll-Out TelePresence Rooms in Hotels Globally



    
    TelePresence Provides the Experience of in-Person Meetings With
    Participants in Locations Around the World
    

    SINGAPORE and WHITE PLAINS, NY, June 30 /CNW/ - Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide, Inc (NYSE:  HOT) and Tata Communications, a leading provider of the
new world of communications, today announced a partnership agreement as part
of an ambitious plan to roll out public Telepresence rooms worldwide.
    The agreement will significantly increase Tata Communications' network of
public Cisco TelePresence rooms with 10 new facilities opening in Starwood
hotels by the end of 2009. The first telepresence suites are planned for
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, Sheraton
Centre Toronto Hotel, The Westin Los Angeles Airport and W Chicago-City
Center. Looking ahead, Starwood anticipates expanding the offering to hotels
in key international business markets like Brussels, Paris, Hong Kong,
Singapore and Tokyo. Tata Communications Telepresence Service will provide
Starwood and its guests an "in person" meeting experience with participants in
rooms around the world.
    "We believe that public telepresence rooms are the key to increasing the
accessibility of telepresence beyond major company offices to their wider
ecosystem of users - customers, suppliers, remote workers and business
partners. Using managed telepresence services is 'better than being there' and
helps companies hold more productive meetings without incurring travel and
time costs. More team members can participate in meetings and collaborate
around the world," said John Landau, Senior Vice President Global Managed
Services from Tata Communications.
    "We intend to make telepresence available to as many users as possible
with our global network of public telepresence rooms and our suite of managed
telepresence networks services for businesses. Our partnership with Starwood
is a major step towards making this vision a reality," added Landau.
    "Starwood has made a name for itself as an innovator in the hotel
industry, and it is crucial that we continue to evolve our meetings offerings
to address the needs of today's consumers," said Christie Hicks, Senior Vice
President of Global Sales for Starwood. "The partnership with Tata
Communications is yet another opportunity for us to bring innovative,
cutting-edge technology to our properties, and add true value for our business
and conference facilities' guests."
    "With global companies under increasing pressure to foster productivity
at the least cost, the need for public telepresence rooms is greater than
ever. Telepresence that is available on a per use basis enables affordable,
high quality communication for the small and medium business or
remote/regional office worker. Because of the decentralized nature of business
today, without public room deployments, telepresence can never achieve the
critical mass needed to realize the full potential of this exciting video
technology. Tata Communications is aggressively investing and building public
telepresence rooms to help achieve this potential and meet the needs of the
global workplace," said Paul Waadevig, Senior Consultant on Unified
Communications, Frost and Sullivan.
    Cisco TelePresence provides life-like, high definition, conferencing
facilities with superior audio, video and environmental qualities allowing
participants to meet their colleagues, customers and business partners across
a virtual table. The public facility offers users who do not have Telepresence
rooms in their companies, access to this cutting-edge technology at an
affordable per hour rental rate. Tata Communications has several operational
public rooms in India (Mumbai, Bangalore (x2), Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and
Gurgaon), UK (London) and USA (Boston), and has recently announced an
agreement to manage a public room in Manila for PLDT in the Philippines.
    Tata Communications is unique in offering a comprehensive Cisco-certified
TelePresence network consisting of hosted and managed service within private
networks, between the world's first public rooms and soon, across an open
global telepresence exchange. Later this year, Tata Communications plans to
launch its Global Meeting Exchange service that will conveniently support
business-to-business sessions between any telepresence rooms (public or
private) subscribed to the service, regardless of the network service
provider. This pioneering global service framework pushes Telepresence from
being a private intra-company experience to supporting the strong demand for
open inter-company sessions. European CEO Magazine named Tata Communications
the Best Managed Telepresence Service Provider of the Year.
    For further information on Tata Communications Telepresence Services and
Starwood, visit http://www.tatacommunications.com/telepresence or
http://www.starwoodhotels.com

    About Tata Communications

    Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of
communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata
Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions
to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.
    The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest
submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than
200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center
and collocation space worldwide.
    Tata Communications' depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets
includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global
international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa
(Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom
Limited), and subject to approval by the Chinese government, China (China
Enterprise Communications).
    Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and
the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York
Stock Exchange. (NYSE:   TCL)
    http://www.tatacommunications.com

    About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 960 properties in 97 countries and 145,000
employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury
Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Meridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by
Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(R), and Element SM. Starwood Hotels
also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and
operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more
information, please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com.

    Forward-looking and cautionary statements

    Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata
Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those
relating to Tata Communications' expected financial position, business
strategy, the future development of Tata Communications' operations, and the
general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements
involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including
financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry
growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or
achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially
from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The
important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements
to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among
others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications'
network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer
demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete
commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new
products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to
stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company's
communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and
changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular,
changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications' industry; and,
in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional
factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata
Communications' control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors
discussed in Tata Communications' various filings with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at
http://www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and
expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking
statements.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Lee Ann Lim, Tata
Communications, (703) 999-1726, Leeann.lim@tatacommunications.com; Janice
Goveas, Tata Communications, +91-92233-94575,
janice.goveas@tatacommunications.com; Brad Minor, Starwood Hotels & Resorts,
(914) 640-3687, Brad.minor@starwoodhotels.com

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