Tata Communications to Launch Cisco TelePresence Exchange



    - Exchanges to be Deployed in India, US and UK

    SINGAPORE, April 23 /CNW/ - Tata Communications, a leading provider of
the new world of communications, announced today that it will introduce
telepresence exchange services for Cisco TelePresence(TM)
(http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns669/networking_solutions_solution_segme
nt_home.html), a major expansion of its telepresence services. The Global
Meeting Exchange will support meetings between any connected private and
public Cisco TelePresence rooms.
    Tata Communications is in discussion with a number of regional carriers
to collaborate on extending the Global Meeting Exchange into geographically
diverse markets. As a result, any business with a connection to the Global
Meeting Exchange will have unparalleled access to set up Cisco TelePresence
virtual meetings with their ecosystem of users, achieving a very high level of
collaboration without the major costs and disruptions of international travel.
    Tata Communication's telepresence services include managed private Cisco
TelePresence rooms, public TelePresence rooms that can be rented by the hour,
and the ability for these private and public rooms to connect with each other.
To reliably and cost-effectively support global business to business (B2B)
connectivity, Tata's Global Meeting Exchange will have major telepresence
service points of presence (PoPs) in Mumbai, New York, and London and minor
points of presence co-resident in Tata's global MPLS PoPs in major cities
around the world. Customer connections will be supported at any of many easily
reached PoPs and this globally dispersed PoP distribution will ensure optimum
performance with short connection paths.
    "The Global Meeting Exchange will conveniently support B2B sessions
amongst any connected private and public Cisco TelePresence rooms," said Peter
Quinlan, Director of Managed Telepresence Services, Tata Communications. "This
pioneering global service framework pushes telepresence from being a private
intra-company experience to support the strong demand for inter-company
sessions."
    "The Global Meeting Exchange builds upon our current Managed telepresence
private network and Public Room services; our extensive owned data bandwidth
across the world; Tata's major national network assets in India, South Africa,
and later this year China; and our inter-carrier relationships developed as
the number one carrier of international voice calls and one of the largest
inter-carrier provider of Internet peering. Our B2B cooperation with Cisco and
partner carriers will bring a new level of value demanded by Cisco
TelePresence users," said John Landau, senior vice-president Global Managed
Services, Tata Communications.
    "In today's environment, business leaders are recognizing that improving
speed to decision making and improving employee productivity in a
cost-effective manner are business imperatives," said Naresh Wadhwa, president
and country manager of Cisco India. "Cisco TelePresence enables companies to
improve productivity and reduce expenses while at the same time collaborating
more effectively and improving business innovation. We are pleased to be
working closely with Tata Communications to bring the benefits of Cisco
TelePresence to its customer base."
    "The exceptional growth of telepresence deployments during 2008 is a
testament to the strong user experience provided by these integrated visual
collaboration solutions, In addition, while the current economic climate has
negatively impacted IT-related spending, it has fueled interest in
telepresence," reports Ira Weinstein partner at Wainhouse Research. "Services
like Tata's Global Meeting Exchange that enable inter-company telepresence
sessions will further increase the benefit and value of these highly-immersive
sessions. Organizations deploying telepresence should include
company-to-company telepresence capabilities in their global communication
strategy."
    Tata Communications is a 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
operational public rooms in India - Mumbai, Bangalore (x2), Chennai, Hyderabad
and Gurgaon; London and Boston, and has recently announced an agreement to
manage a public room in Manila for PLDT in the Philippines. Tata
Communications plans to significantly expand their global network of rooms by
the end of 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 centre and colocation 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 fulfilment 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; S
Ravindran, Tata Communications, ravindran.s@tatacommunications.com; Media
Agency, STC Associates, (212) 725-1900 x204, kristen@stcassociates.com

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