Etisalat, China Telecom ink Smarthub agreement
Dubai, March 5, 2013
Etisalat and China Telecom Europe have announced an agreement whereby the latter will use the UAE-based company’s Smarthub to expand its reach in the Middle East.
With the growing presence of the Chinese business community in the region, China Telecom Europe will deploy Etisalat’s Smarthub at Fujairah CLS to expand its advanced data network capabilities.
This will provide advanced high speed IPLC and MPLS services for their customers in the UAE and other countries in the Middle East, a statement from Etisalat said.
Ali Amiri, executive vice president, carrier & wholesale services, Etisalat, said: “China Telecom and Etisalat have been partners since 1998 and it is an achievement that China Telecom Europe has also joined as a partner. This agreement further deepens this strategic relationship to ensure we continue to collaborate closely to provide exceptional data services to our customers.”
“Smarthub is designed to provide our partners with a one-stop-shop for connectivity to the region. The deepening ties between UAE and China bode well for both countries and communications is an important component. We look forward to many more years of cooperation with China Telecom Europe and are delighted to be working closely with them to enhance the customer experience.”
Li Cao, managing director, China Telecom Europe, said: “China Telecom Europe is delighted to take the long-term relationship with Etisalat of regional connectivity and services to the next level. Smarthub will enable us to provide advanced communication services for our customers in the Middle East region.”
“The rising significance of UAE’s strategic position as the communication network hub for the Middle East and Africa region underpins the importance of this partnership in our expansion plan.” – TradeArabia News Service