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Singtel to offer IP VPN solutions in Qatar and the Middle East

Singtel to offer IP VPN solutions in Qatar and the Middle East
 

Agreement with Qtel further strengthens Singtel’s presence in the Middle East

 
Singapore, 3 March 2009 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) today announced it has entered into an agreement with Qtel, Qatar’s leading telecommunications provider, to extend its Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) services in Qatar and the Middle East.
 
With this agreement, companies in the Middle East can enjoy superior network connectivity and IP solutions linking key business cities in Asia, Europe and the US via Singtel’s ConnectPlus IP VPN service.
 
Singtel’s ConnectPlus IP VPN is an award winning, fully managed and secure networking solution for corporate customers. 
 
Mr Bill Chang, Singtel’s Executive Vice President of Business, said: “Singtel is excited to enable companies to grasp the tremendous opportunities in the emerging markets of the Middle East. As we are the number one provider of IP VPN solutions in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan)[1], our customers can be assured that their ICT needs will be met with proven performance, scalability, reliability, flexibility and one-stop convenience."
 
Qatar’s GDP per capita has been forecasted to reach US$63,867 by the end of 2009[2], placing it among the wealthiest nations in the world. With the doubling of its natural gas production, its economy is expected to grow by 29 per cent this year, the fastest rate in more than a decade[3]. Strong growth is also expected in the construction, manufacturing and financial services industries, as the nation embarks on large scale projects such as the Qatar Financial Centre, Education City and Energy City.
 
Singtel has been offering IP VPN solutions in the Middle East since it established its node and office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2005. 
 
Singtel’s ConnectPlus IP VPN is the platform for the delivery of Singtel Managed Services. Businesses enjoy the benefits of voice, video and data convergence delivered over a unified network. They can also access a comprehensive suite of fully managed services that are designed to meet their end-to-end communication and IT needs.
 
For more information on Singtel’s IP VPN solutions, please contact g-gmktg@singtel.com or visit http://www.ipvpn.asia.
 
The Group also has major investments in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. Together with its regional partners, Singtel is Asia’s largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 232 million customers in eight markets.
 
Singtel employs more than 20,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of S$14.84 billion (US$10.05 billion) and net profit after tax of S$3.96 billion (US$2.68 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2008. More information can be found @ www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au
 
 

[1] More details at http://home.singtel.com/news_centre/news_releases/2009_01_02.asp
[2] Source: Qatar National Bank

[3] Source: International Monetary Fund