Etisalat, one of the leading telecom operators in the Middle East & Africa and Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that they have entered into a partnership to set up a multi-service regional network infrastructure node in Etisalat’s SmartHub facility in the region.
The all new multi-service regional network infrastructure node includes Airtel’s MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) services supported by its world class global network. This will allow Airtel to provide advanced data and wholesale services to its customers in Middle East and Africa and enhance in region connectivity through Etisalat’s extensive regional network. It will also provide a platform to Etisalat to reach out to key global business hubs such as Africa and India.
Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale, Etisalat said: “We are proud that Bharti Airtel, a longtime Etisalat partner has chosen SmartHub. The facility will offer Airtel array of regional connectivity options both in and out of the region. This partnership will also enable direct routing of traffic between the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Europe. We look forward to many more years of cooperation with Bharti Airtel and are delighted to be working closely with them to enhance the customer experience.”
Etisalat’s Smarthub is the region’s largest capacity, content, internet and data hub in the Middle East. Smarthub provides regional access for global service providers and global access to the region.
Ajay Chitkara, CEO, Global Business, Bharti Airtel said, “With a commitment to provide best in class services to all its customers and strong focus on emerging markets, Bharti Airtel has made significant investments in creating a globe spanning network infrastructure. The collaboration with Etisalat will further help us to cater to the growing bandwidth demands of our enterprise and carrier customers in the region.”
For further media information:
Iyad Al Zou’bi,
Corporate Communications – Etisalat
Tel +971 2 6182622