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Press Release -- May 18th, 2011
Source: Pacnet
Tags: Ethernet, Expansion, Merger, Private Line, Submarine Cable

Pacnet Boosts Capabilities in India with New International Gateway

The new Chennai International Gateway enables businesses in India with

unprecedented access to high-speed international broadband connectivity

and a full suite of advanced communication solutions.

NEW DELHI, 18 May 2011 – Pacnet today announced the launch of its international gateway in Chennai, enabling the delivery of Pacnet’s full suite of robust, high-speed international connectivity solutions to meet India’s growing demand for bandwidth.

“With the government’s aggressive broadband expansion initiatives and continued economic growth across the country, India is strengthening its stake as a strategic business hub for key multinational corporations. The launch of Pacnet’s international gateway is part of our plan to build our local presence and support India’s growth through the delivery of enhanced international connectivity and hosting solutions across the country,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Pacnet

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), there were 11 million broadband subscribers in India at the end of 2010 and as part of their proposed National Broadband Plan, they are targeting to increase broadband subscriptions to 75 million by 2012 and 160 million by 2014.

Through the enhanced Pacnet infrastructure in India, carriers and businesses will be able to enjoy Pacnet’s full suite of connectivity solutions designed to meet India’s broadband needs, including Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRU), International Private Lines (IPL), Ethernet International Private Lines (EIPL), IP Virtual Private Networks (IP VPN), IP Transit and Direct Internet Access (DIA). Businesses will also be able to tap into Pacnet’s comprehensive hosting and managed services offerings.

“In addition to our international gateway, we have also invested in upgrading our domestic points of presence in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi, to deliver our enhanced services across India,” said Sunanda Das, Managing Director, Pacnet India. “Given the bullish demand for bandwidth, we are also looking to further expand our presence into more cities across India.”

Pacnet, through its joint venture Pacific Internet India Pvt. Ltd. (Pacnet India), currently operates points of presence (PoPs) in major cities across India including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.

In January 2010, Pacnet India obtained its National Long Distance (NLD) and International Long Distance (ILD) licenses from the Department of Telecommunications of India (DoT) and has also obtained full security clearance from DoT. This complements its Internet Service Provider (ISP) Class A license, which allows Pacnet India to offer a full suite of Internet connectivity solutions, as well as a range of managed and hosted services in India.

Pacnet also announced recently that it has boosted network connectivity into India by adding additional capacity between India and Singapore that is interconnected to Pacnet’s EAC-C2C subsea cable and Pacnet’s trans-Pacific cable EAC Pacific. This allows businesses in India to get access to high speed connectivity into Asia, as well as on to the US on a single Pacnet network.

About Pacnet

Pacnet is Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries, as well as EAC Pacific, which spans 9,620 km across the Pacific Ocean and delivers up to 1.92 Tbps of capacity between Asia and North America. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry-leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs, and delivers unique high-speed data hosting solutions through its network of data centers which include the industry’s first Data Landing Stations. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America. For more information, please visit:  www.pacnet.com.

For more information, please contact:

Lorain Wong, Pacnet, Tel: +852 2121 2973, Email: lorain.wong@pacnet.com

Roland Lim, Pacnet, Tel:  +852 2121 2975, Email:  roland.lim@pacnet.com

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