Bahrain-based operator Kalaam Telecom announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecom service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Under the agreement, Kalaam Telecom has established a direct interconnection with Bharti Airtel’s PoP in London and has access to Bharti Airtel’s global network infrastructure.
This will allow Kalaam Telecom to expand its data services portfolio and extend connectivity to the Middle East and GCC region over a number of optimal, low-latency routes. Through an access to over 20 submarine cables and satellite teleports across the globe, Kalaam Telecom will also be able to provide concrete resiliency features against cable cuts between Europe, Africa and Asia.
Kalaam Telecom’s CEO, Veer Passi, CEO, stated, “This announcement marks a significant milestone in extending our connectivity from Bahrain outwards across the region and globally. This coupled with increasing our capacity and our unique access to over 130 operational POPs, through our powerful partner Airtel extends our global network reach. The partnership will allow Kalaam Telecom to offer state-of-the-art products and services to its wholesale customers including, for instance, carrier Ethernet, fully managed MPLS IP-VPNs, SDH and wavelength services and global IP transit that are seamless, strategic and moreover cost-effective. Further, multinational companies with a presence in Bahrain can greatly benefit from our carefully-engineered services to connect to their off-shore offices/headquarters across all continents through our highly-available, low-latency and redundant routes.”
“With the ever-increasing customer demands of low-latency connectivity to Europe, the strategic alliance with Airtel has come to help us better serve our customers. The deal takes into account the major drawbacks carriers face nowadays in terms of availability, service manageability and SLAs. We are glad to enter this partnership with a truly global Telco like Airtel.” Eyad Al- Naqi, Wholesale Products and Service Manager, Kalaam, added. “One of the key reasons why we chose Airtel is because of the deal flexibility in terms optical multiplexing capabilities at speeds of 1G and 10G, as well as the remarkable footprint of Airtel’s increasingly popular Carrier Ethernet,” Mr. Al-Naqi explained.
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