Tata Communications Extends MPLS Connectivity to the Middle East

    Partnership With Batelco Expands Global MPLS Network

    MUMBAI, India, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Tata Communications, a leading provider
of a new world of communications announced another key milestone in the global
expansion of its MPLS network into the Middle East through a partnership with
Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco). Batelco is Bahrain's leading
integrated communications provider, providing end-to-end telecommunications
solutions to retail and enterprise customers in the Middle East region. This
partnership enables Tata Communications to offer MPLS (Multi Protocol Label
Switching) VPN services into Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and other locations
within the region for its customers in the Middle East and elsewhere in the
    The Middle East region plays an increasingly important role in the
current global economic scenario, witnessing growth in business and a
corresponding demand for global connectivity solutions. The partnership with
Batelco extends Tata Communications' capability to provide MPLS services in 78
countries and with Extended Access Service via IPSec gateways, in over 150
countries. Tata Communications continues to solidify its footprint as a global
player, enabling multinational companies to connect employees, customers, and
partners in all key emerging markets, such as the Middle East, India, China,
Malaysia, Philippines, Egypt and South Africa.
    Tata Communications' customers can avail of high quality solutions from a
single service provider for their connectivity needs which are spread vastly
across these regions. The solutions are fully scalable, seamless and backed by
SLAs for voice, data, video and multimedia applications in these high growth
areas and the rest of the world.
    "Our partnership with Batelco allows us to expand our network in the
Middle East and serve our customers by leveraging in-region relationships,
expertise and local knowledge," said Radwan Moussalli, Managing Director of
Wholesale Data and Enterprise Business for Tata Communications' Middle East
and North Africa (MENA) region.
    According to Mr. Adel Daylami, General Manager, Business Sales & Products
for Batelco, "We share the same goals of network expansion so our relationship
with Tata Communications is a win-win for all - our corporations and our
    For more information on Tata Communications portfolio of VPN products,
visit http://www.tatacommunications.com

    About Tata Communications

    Tata Communications, a member of the US$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
    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 co-location facilities.
    Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach
includes a national fibre 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 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.

    About Bahrain Telecommunications Company

    Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) is the leading integrated
communications provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Committed to delivering
cutting-edge telecommunications to corporate and consumer customers in
Bahrain, the Middle East, and North Africa regions, Batelco offers
comprehensive solutions, including MPLS-based network services, mobile
services, international roaming, broadband Internet, satellite services, and
WiFi. With investments totalling US$1.4 billion in telecom infrastructure in
Bahrain since 1981, Batelco has invested significantly in the NGN (Next
Generation Networks) infrastructure, which has reinforced the Kingdom's
position as a leading communications hub. The company's shares are listed on
the Bahrain Stock Exchange with a total capitalisation of approximately
3.1 billion as of June 2008. With an ongoing strategy to grow overseas, the
Batelco Group incorporates joint venture operations in Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen,
Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. For more information, visit Batelco online at

    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
stabilise 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, updates or alters its forward-looking

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Harpreet Jabbara, Tata
Communications, +91-925-000-1787, harpreet.jabbara@tatacommunications.com;
Janice Goveas, Tata Communications, +91-922-339-4575,
janice.goveas@tatacommunications.com; Media Agency, STC Associates, (212)
725-1900 x204, kristen@stcassociates.com

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