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Press Release -- June 15th, 2010
Source: Tata Communications
Tags: Exchange, Submarine Cable, Telepresence, Video

Tata Communications and BT Join Forces to Extend Telepresence Connectivity

Industry first service links Tata Communications’ and BT’s video exchange communities

London – 15 June 2010 – Tata Communications and BT today announce an agreement and associated customer trials for the industry’s first commercial service to allow customers on either of their existing video exchanges to establish conferences with customers on the other’s video exchange. The collaboration will provide each organization with open access to a much broader network of businesses.

This represents a major step towards open, ubiquitous connectivity between Telepresence™ endpoints, regardless of their parent network. The service will help enable Telepresence users to reach more partners, suppliers, customers and prospects at public and private end-points and will facilitate globally distributed, real time face-to-face virtual conference meetings that drive greater value to the collaborating businesses.

Using the intercompany service that both organizations are launching, any Cisco TelePresence customer of BT’s Global Video Exchange or Tata Communications’ Global Meeting Exchange can invite clients of the other service provider to join them in multipoint Telepresence meetings. The meetings can be hosted on either the Tata Communications or the BT Telepresence Exchange.

“Trials with current customers across both exchange networks have been strongly received”, says John Landau, SVP, Global Head of Voice, Video and Mobility, Tata Communications. “We are excited that two of the world’s leading Telepresence service providers have come together to open up this unprecedented collaboration opportunity for our existing and future customers. Cooperation was easy because BT Conferencing and Tata Communications share a common goal to provide our customers open video conferencing sessions with any other business around the world.”

Customers who wish to use the intercompany service simply need to contact their respective service provider with their request. They will then be given the necessary conferencing information to share with the other meeting participants so that they too can join the meeting. Customers will maintain their existing commercial relationship with their service provider at all times.

Jeff Prestel, General Manager, BT Conferencing, Americas, says, “BT’s agreement with Tata Communications is strategic and paves the way for the video industry to expand and truly deliver a highway of video connectivity to end users. BT Global Video Exchange customers continue to increase their use of our exchanges and their number one request is to maximize the reach of their Telepresence endpoints. The agreement with Tata Communications will expand the reach of BT customers via Tata Communications’ public rooms for added convenience and global reach. BT also will be announcing a comprehensive suite of services, as part of the Global Video Exchange, including multiple manufacturers’ video platforms for expanded customer communication and interoperability.”

Both Tata Communications’ and BT’s video exchanges are based on Cisco’s immersive video collaboration technology. The technology allows for superior visual and audio transmission quality and ensures that participants’ full range of facial and vocal emotions and body language are conveyed, making them feel as if they are all in the same room.

As a leader in pioneering video exchange services, BT has more than 350 active Telepresence customer sites connected to Denver and London exchanges and access to more than 1000 endpoints globally.  On an annual basis, BT produces more than 60,000 conferences on more than 25,000 endpoints globally as part of its Global Video Exchange family of services.

Tata Communications has Global Meeting Exchange hubs in Mumbai, New York, and London. The company operates 15 (and growing) public meeting rooms with partners in North America (Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Santa Clara), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Manila and Sydney), India (Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Mumbai), London and Johannesburg. The connectivity provided between Tata Communications’ public rooms and BT’s customer sites opens more customer communication possibilities and will be followed up by additional announcements by both companies with other communication carriers.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in more than 170 countries.  Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.  BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2010, BT Group’s revenue was £20,911 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.  BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications.  With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited).

Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)
www.tatacommunications.com

Forward-looking and cautionary statements

Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata Communications’ expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of Tata Communications’ operations, and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications’ network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company’s communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications’ industry; and, in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata Communications’ control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Tata Communications’ various filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, updates or alters its forward-looking statements.

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