Tata Communications and Dimension Data Partner to Accelerate Global TelePresence Market



    Offering Comprehensive Managed Telepresence Services Worldwide

    SINGAPORE and JOHANNESBURG, April 6 /CNW/ - Tata Communications, a
leading provider of the new world of communications, and Dimension Data, the
$4.5-billion specialist IT services and solutions provider, have signed an
agreement to support the Cisco Systems Telepresence suite of products on a
worldwide basis.
    Dimension Data, one of a select few Cisco partners with TelePresence
Global Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status, has the skills to sell,
design, install, and support Cisco Telepresence in 47 countries. In addition,
Dimension Data will be using the Tata Communications global WAN to connect our
own internal TelePresence endpoints. In a flexible model for clients, Tata
Communications, part of the $62.5 billion Tata Group, and Dimension Data, will
together provide the entire suite of services, including bandwidth,
Telepresence hardware, support, maintenance and a fully managed service.
    Both organisations said that the global agreement aligns well with their
go-to-market model and provides a 'compelling offering' for clients. "One
significant benefit is that clients will be able to procure the hardware on
either a capex or opex model, explained Dimension Data's Group Executive:
Global Solutions, Dimension Data Holdings PLC, Steve Joubert.
    According to John Landau, Senior Vice President of Global Managed
Services at Tata Communications, "Our vision is to be the leading provider of
Telepresence meetings - within enterprises as well as with their ecosystem of
customers, suppliers and partners. Our partnership with Dimension Data enables
us to deliver comprehensive managed Telepresence services to companies around
the world"
    According to a MarketScope for Video Telepresence Solutions report
published by Gartner (21 April 2008), and authored by Rich Costello and Scott
Morrison: "by 2010, Gartner expects telepresence to generate $600 million in
annual equipment revenue worldwide. With services included, total telepresence
market revenue could reach $1.5 billion annually by 2010." Gartner said
"Although we feel that the high cost of these solutions will limit broad
market penetration, large organizations with a business case for telepresence,
as well as the financial resources to purchase and support it, make
telepresence a "promising" enterprise market technology."
    Mr Joubert added," Our partnership with Tata Communications reduces
barriers to adoption and increases accessibility of TelePresence to a much
broader audience to communicate and collaborate in real-time."

    Tata Communications is the market-leading provider of Telepresence
services with a comprehensive offering for enterprises' ecosystem of users
globally. The service includes Cisco-certified TelePresence network, a hosted
and managed service, the world's first public rooms and soon, the world's
first open global Telepresence exchange. Tata Communications currently has
public rooms in India - Mumbai, Bangalore (2), Chennai, Hyderabad and Gurgaon;
London and Boston, with plans to expand their network of rooms significantly
around the world by the end of 2009.
    For further information on Tata Communications Telepresence Services and
Dimension Data, visit http://www.tatacommunications.com/telepresence or
http://www.dimensiondata.com

    About Tata Communications

    Tata Communications, a member of the $62.5 billion Tata Group, is a
leading global provider of a new world of communications. The emerging markets
communications leader leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions
to multi-national and Indian enterprises, service providers and Indian
consumers.
    Tata Communications' range of services include transmission, IP,
converged voice, mobility, managed network connectivity, hosting and storage,
managed security, managed collaboration and business transformation for global
enterprises and service providers, as well as Internet, retail broadband and
content services for Indian consumers. The Tata Global Network encompasses one
of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP
network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 300 Pops, and
more than 1 million square feet of data center and co-location facilities.
    Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach
includes a national fiber backbone network and access to network in over 60
cities and 125 Pops in India, strategic investments in South African converged
services operator, Neotel, Sri Lanka and Nepal and, subject to fulfillment of
conditions precedent, a 50% ownership in China Enterprise Communications (CEC)
providing full country VPN coverage in China.
    Servicing customers from its offices in over 80 cities in 40 countries,
Tata Communications is the number one global international wholesale voice
operator and number one provider of international long distance, enterprise
data and Internet services in India, the Company was named "Best Wholesale
Carrier" at the World Communications Awards in 2006, "Best Pan-Asian Wholesale
Provider" at the 2006 and 2007 Capacity Magazine Global Wholesale
Telecommunications Awards and was awarded "Best Progress in Emerging Markets"
at the 2008 Mobile Communication Awards.
    Tata Communications Limited along with its global subsidiaries, (Tata
Communications), 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)

    About Dimension Data

    Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a specialist IT services and solution
provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT
infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, converged
communications, security, Microsoft, storage and contact centre technologies
and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to
create customised client solutions.

    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; Hilary
King, Dimension Data, +27-82-414-9623, Hilary.king@za.didata.com; Media
Agency, STC Associates, (212) 725-1900 x204, kristen@stcassociates.com,
vetri@stcassociates.com

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