Tata Communications First to Launch Cisco TelePresence Rooms for Public Use



    
    Pay-Per-Use Public Rooms Available in Taj Hotels and Business Centres
    Around the World
    

    MUMBAI, India, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Tata Communications, a leading provider of
the new world of communications, announced the launch of its telepresence
rooms available for public use in the United States and United Kingdom,
linking to additional public rooms in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, India.
The collaboration between Tata Communications and Cisco is the first managed
telepresence service in the world to deliver public and private Cisco
TelePresence rooms to companies globally. This new service will allow
companies and individuals to use Cisco TelePresence for one-off meetings.
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    Tata Communications is working with Cisco, Taj Hotels owner, the Indian
Hotels Company Limited, and the Confederation of India Industry (CII) to offer
public telepresence facilities which are available for rent on an hourly
basis. The first phase of public rooms was launched in India in July at the
Taj Hotels in Mumbai and Bangalore, and CII offices in Bangalore and Chennai.
Tata plans to make 100 rooms available globally by the end of 2009.
    Cisco today also introduced a dedicated public Cisco TelePresence suites
facility in Santa Clara, California.
    "With this innovative service offering, Tata Communications is not only
adding value to its business and that of its customers, but revolutionising
business altogether," said Tata Communications, Chief Operating Officer, Vinod
Kumar. "This groundbreaking innovation enables our global customers to join a
wider ecosystem of users via public access rooms allowing them to not only
communicate virtually in real-time but providing a cost-effective and
eco-friendly solution."
    The public room offering creates a larger network of interconnected rooms
and expands the telepresence market to small and mid-sized businesses. Tata
Communications' managed service offers a professionally run concierge service
that handles reservations, scheduling, customer support, monitoring,
management, reporting and billing capabilities. These services provide
organizations with the ease and speed to deploy and manage highly
collaborative tools more effectively. The public room offering is also
certified as a world class network solution, which further helps ensure high
levels of reliability and availability.
    "Public Cisco TelePresence rooms provide global organisations with a cost
effective way to connect in virtual 'in person' meetings with key customers,
partners and suppliers around the globe. Our objective was to collaborate with
a company to launch a unique Cisco TelePresence solution that was innovative,
yet reliable and cost effective for businesses whatever their size," said
Cisco Chief Globalisation Officer, Wim Elfrink. "Working with Tata
Communications offers customers extensive coverage in a user-friendly managed
service, and has the potential to help small to medium businesses develop more
globalised business models. These Public Cisco TelePresence rooms join a Cisco
TelePresence ecosystem that almost 300 rooms internal to Cisco and more than
1,000 rooms installed by over 200 customers. Cisco TelePresence is now
represented in over 60 countries worldwide."
    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. Cisco TelePresence use also contributes towards a company's
environmental responsibility, enabling it to lower overall CO2 emissions by
reducing the need for travel.
    "It is our constant endeavour to provide state-of-the-art value-added
services to our customers. With the telepresence facility, we will be one of
the first hospitality companies worldwide to offer this kind of cutting edge
technology. We are happy to announce that this facility will be available at
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces' properties in Mumbai, Bangalore, New York,
Boston and London," said Mr. Raymond Bickson, managing director, Indian Hotels
Corporation Ltd.
    Tata Communications have plans to open additional rooms in Hyderabad,
Gurgaon, and New York later this year, with a more extensive global rollout of
100 rooms planned to be deployed by 2009.
    For further information on Tata Communications Telepresence Services
visit http://www.tatacommunications.com/telepresence

    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 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)

    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; Media Agency, STC Associates, (212)
725-1900 x204, kristen@stcassociates.com

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