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Press Release -- February 2nd, 2010
Source: Pacnet
Tags: Ethernet, Expansion, Merger, Private Line, Submarine Cable

Pacnet Accelerates India Expansion with National and International Long Distance Licenses

The granting of the new licenses will enable Pacnet to deliver an enhanced portfolio of advanced telecommunications solutions across the country

NEW DELHI, 2 February 2010 – Pacnet, through its joint venture Pacific Internet India Pvt. Ltd. (Pacnet India), has obtained National Long Distance (NLD) and International Long Distance (ILD) licenses from the Department of Telecommunications of India, providing businesses in India broader access to Pacnet’s suite of advanced telecommunications solutions.

Through the new licenses, Pacnet India will expand its solutions to include International Private Line (IPL) and Ethernet International Private Line (EIPL) services, as well as domestic and international IP VPN services that will meet the growing demand for robust, high bandwidth connectivity solutions across the country. Pacnet India, through its existing Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, already offers a full suite of Internet connectivity solutions, as well as a range of managed and hosted services to businesses.

“We intend to expand our India operations aggressively this year and are already exploring adding more points of presence (PoPs) across the country in the coming months. We have also commenced upgrading our existing PoPs in India,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Pacnet.

“With our enhanced reach and expanded suite of solutions, we will be able to provide businesses here with more diverse international network connectivity and introduce more cost-effective bandwidth solutions to the market,” said Deepak Maira, Managing Director of Pacnet India and the SAARC region.

Pacnet announced in December 2009 its plans to build West Asia Crossing (WAC), a new submarine cable network that will provide direct connectivity between India and Asia, and help India meet its growing requirements for international bandwidth. WAC will have a design capacity of 6 to 8 Tbps, and is expected to be ready for service in early 2012.

“The licenses will also allow us to establish our international gateway in Chennai, which is an integral part of our strategy for India,” added Mr Barney. “This gateway will allow us to link India through WAC, to our pan-Asia cable system EAC-C2C, and on to the US through EAC Pacific, on a single Pacnet network.”

Pacnet India currently operates in six major cities across the country– Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Gurgaon.

About Pacnet
Named “Company of the Year for Excellence in Growth” by Frost & Sullivan in 2009 and “Best Wholesale Carrier” at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, 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, the region’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 10.24 Tbps. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs. 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:
Roland Lim
Pacnet
Tel:+852 2121 2975
Email:roland.lim@pacnet.com

Mohsin Abbas Malvia
Pacnet
Tel:+91 80 6616 6406
Email:mohsin.malvia@pacnet.com


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