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Singtel partners Etisalat to offer MPLS service in the Middle East

Business customers can now enjoy seamless network connectivity and IP services in the Middle East

Singapore, 20 November 2006 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel), Asia’s leading communications group, and UAE’s Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), a leading service provider in the Middle East, have entered into an agreement to offer MPLS Internet Protocol-Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) services to customers in UAE and the Middle East. 

With this agreement, Singtel can now offer its business customers seamless network connectivity and IP services in the Middle East via Etisalat’s dedicated network and MPLS solutions.  Etisalat will also enjoy a broadened reach within Asia Pacific via Singtel’s ConnectPlus MPLS IP-VPN* services and network coverage.
Mr Bill Chang, Singtel’s Executive Vice President for Business, said: “UAE is the gateway and business centre of the Middle East, and we are pleased at the opportunity to support Dubai’s push to become a major financial hub.  It is therefore fitting for us to establish our presence and capabilities in Middle East to meet the growing needs of our customers as they expand their operations into this region.  Our partnership with Etisalat further strengthens our position inMiddle East and we are now in an excellent position to offer our customers convenient, seamless and cost-effective solutions anywhere in the world.  
“This partnership also signifies a step closer for Singtel to become the top IP-VPN provider in Asia Pacific.”
Mr Ahmad Abdul Karim Julfar, Etisalat's Chief Operating Officer, said, “Working with major network providers such as Singtel is key to the Etisalat business strategy of enhancing and extending our global reach, so as to provide our business customers with worldwide end-to-end solutions.”
Singtel ConnectPlus suite of international data services covers major business cities in Asia Pacific and beyond.  Extended coverage is offered through the global and domestic data services of  Singtel’s partners, such as Etisalat in the UAE.  Singtel set up its first Middle East office inDubai late last year.
Singtel and Etisalat entered into a special one-stop-shop agreement last year to meet the growing international demand for communication links from the enterprise market.

*ConnectPlus MPLS IP-VPN is a high quality, fully managed and secure networking service, designed to provide a complete and reliable integrated communications solution to address customers' business needs.