Etisalat, one of the leading telecom operators in Middle East and Africa, announced its alliance for SmartHub Data Centre with Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s leading telecommunications provider. With the collaboration, TM is now able to extend its data network capabilities into Etisalat’s Global footprint such as; Libya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Tanzania as well as to enhance its reachability in the region.
TM will be leveraging on Etisalat’s SmartHub facility at Fujairah Cable Landing Station (CLS) to deliver its content, Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX), Internet Exchange (IX) and high speed data services for its customers in the region. This partnership enables TM to connect its customers in Middle East and neighbouring region via diversified routes to Europe and Asia. Etisalat SmartHub’s converged integration of multiple network infrastructure components (bundling services) provides integrated, robust and seamless connectivity with low latency. This not only enables reliable service delivery but also in line with TM’s aspiration to become a preferred hub in global market.
Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services of Etisalat said, “Etisalat is honoured that we have added yet another telecom major into our expanding portfolio of customers. This partnership will allow TM to further expand its reachability by establishing a multi-functional network node at Etisalat’s SmartHub. Over the past year, the hub has already proved its capability in providing the consistency and best-in-class connectivity in the region. This addresses the need of the operators who have to adapt to the changing business dynamics and requirements in the region and globally. Etisalat’s SmartHub is designed to provide our partners with a one stop shop for connectivity to the region.”
Rozaimy Rahman, Executive Vice President, Global & Wholesale, TM also commented on the partnership, stating; “As one of the fast growing telcos in Asia, we at TM are constantly investing and partnering with world class providers to offer better reachability and connectivity to our global customers through reciprocal business. This alliance with Etisalat will further strengthen our Point of Presence (POP) in the Middle East, thus enabling TM to create a value proposition as one of the key players in the Middle East region.”
“This is the right platform for TM to promote its services, as Middle East is a growing market for the potential customers. The range of services that can be offered include IP Transit, Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IPVPN), Global Ethernet (GE), International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC), Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks (providing secure connectivity), voice hubbing and many more,” he added.
TM’s collaboration with Etisalat will provide connectivity for TM’s customers in and out of the region through extensive terrestrial and submarine cable systems. The strategic location of the SmartHub DC at Fujairah CLS built in United Arab Emirates (UAE) which is located in the main business hub for Middle East and North Africa region will further enhance TM’s position as a regional hub in global market.