Etisalat, Tata to build SmartHub network
Dubai, September 30, 2013
The UAE's leading telecom company Etisalat said it has joined force with India-based Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, to build a multi-service regional network infrastructure accessed from Etisalat’s SmartHub facility in the UAE.
The UAE telco's SmartHub is the largest capacity, content, internet and data hub in the Middle East.
The new multi-service regional network infrastructure includes a core network node in the Smarthub that provides improved connectivity between Etisalat’s Multiprotocol Label Switching, Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) services and the Tata's global network, enabling direct routing of traffic between the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Europe.
The new network node will be supported by Tata’s global network, including its TGN-Gulf cable system, part of its wholly-owned fibre optic subsea cable ring around the world.
This will enable enhancement of in-region routing, along with direct connectivity to Kenya and South Africa, Pakistan, India and Europe – providing a platform that strengthens regional connectivity and connections to other regional nodes, including Turkey and Egypt, said a senior official.
"Today Etisalat's SmartHub is a global communication hub facilitating direct routing of traffic between the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe," explained Ali Amiri, the executive VP, Etisalat Carrier and Wholesale.
"Our goal is to enable economic growth in the UAE through the provision of the best interconnectivity to businesses based in the region. Tata Communications is a long-standing partner with a truly global network footprint and this deeper collaboration will enable increasedregional connectivity options for our customers," he added.
Radwan Moussalli, the managing director and regional head, Mena region for Tata Communications, said the company has made significant investments to its global network over the past few years which underpins its ability to connect the world.
The expanded collaboration with Etisalat is our most recent step in building on this foundation to meet the ever-growing demand for high bandwidth voice and data services, lower latencies and seamless scalability for carriers and enterprises, he noted.
The Smarthub, with its strategic location and array of connectivity options, makes an ideal facility to provide access to these connectivity requirements, both into and out of the region," said Moussalli.
Using leading-edge technology, Tata offers a scalable approach which allows additional technology platforms to be seamlessly added on a need-by-need basis.
Through Etisalat’s SmartHub, Tata will facilitate international operators with in-built resiliency for their own network purposes; consequently making its portfolio of international network services available from a single location.-TradeArabia News Service