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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

TM Forms Partnership With Bahrain's Etisalcom

MANAMA (Bahrain), Jan 16 (Bernama) -- Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), which plans to expand its services into the Gulf Region, Tuesday formed an alliance with Etisalcom, a telecommunication provider in Bahrain, to set up, market and maintain the region's first high capacity internationally managed Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) link.

TM chief executive officer for Malaysia business, Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, said Etisalcom would offer global Internel Protocol Virtual Private Network (IPVPN) running on the MPLS link, powered by TM, to Bahrain's government agencies, corporate and business communities.

"This will provide companies in Bahrain the ability to communicate more efficiently and securely," he said.

"For the first time, companies here will be able to conduct secured date exchange and have direct video conferencing with their offices in Asia," he told reporters after signing the partnership agreement with Etisalcom, here Tuesday.

The agreement was signed between Zamzamzairani and Etisalcom's chief executive officer Rashid Al Snan and witnessed by Etisalcom's chairman, Abdulrahman Jamsheer.

According to Zamzamzairani, the link will provide customers with substantial savings by enhancing bandwidth availability, flexibility and speed.

He said under the agreement, a dedicated pipe has been set up, running from TM's premises in Malaysia to the Etisalcom offices in Bahrain through reliable submarine and terrestrial cables.

TM will further extend the MPLS network's reach to the Far Eastern countries and also around the world through its own network or via partners, he added.

Al Snan said Etisalcom aimed to offer the next generation telecom infrastructure for all technology-intensive global companies, helping to create efficiency in their business operations.

Moving forward, Etisalcom will have multiple services and products built upon the link, for the benefit of customers in Bahrain and West Asia, he said.

Zamzamzairani said TM would continue to work closely with its partner, Etisalcom, to further expand its business in the region to meet global needs.

He said the group, which has a presence in 13 countries, had already entered into an alliance with Raya Telecom to set up and maintain MPLS link for the Egyptian market.

From Premalata Jayaraman

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