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Press Release -- December 20th, 2010
Source: Tata Communications
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, Submarine Cable

Tata Communications awarded Best APAC Wholesale Ethernet Service and Best Service Provider of the Year MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards � 2010

Mumbai – December 2010 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications has received awards for the Best Wholesale Ethernet Service (APAC) and the Best Service Provider of the Year (APAC) from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), as part of its 2010 awards.

The MEF accolades, awarded in conjunction with a global industry alliance of over 150 international companies tasked to accelerate the worldwide adoption of carrier-class Ethernet networks and services, is testimony to Tata Communications’ leadership in the development, delivery and coverage of carrier Ethernet services. The judging panel which included five global and regional analysts concluded that Tata Communications provided the best Ethernet service offering in Asia.

Metro Ethernet Forum President Nan Chen said, “The revised categories in this year’s Service Provider Awards were a reflection of the increasing maturity of the Carrier Ethernet services market. Tata Communications’ commitment to a continuing expansion of its Ethernet product portfolio was clearly acknowledged by the judging panel by being named as the winner of both the Best Wholesale and Service Provider of the Year – APAC Awards.”

“The awards from this prestigious organization are a fantastic recognition of our commitment to the Ethernet market” said John Hoffman, Head of Ethernet Product Management for Tata Communications. “Tata Communications is a leader in the global Ethernet market with a wider selection of Ethernet services than any provider in the market today.  We thank the MEF for the awards, as well as all our customers who gave such positive feedback on our Ethernet services.”

Tata Communications recently announced its next-generation Ethernet network, marking the industry’s first use of 802.1ah Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) on a global scale. This global network upgrade will provide industry-leading network services for both service providers and enterprises, enabling higher speed, enhanced security and improved troubleshooting capabilities.

Earlier this year, Tata Communications also enhanced its carrier Ethernet services by adding service to 10 new cities globally, reducing its jitter SLA, introducing services into China, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and launching the TGN-IA cable to provide the lowest latency route between Japan and Singapore.

Tata Communications’ Ethernet Services and Network
Tata Communications’ Global Ethernet Services span more than 50 markets across North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as more than 120 cities across India and four cities in China. Further expansion is planned in the coming months to include additional locations in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Tata Communications was the first Ethernet provider to be MEF 9 and 14 certified across its entire global network. The portfolio provides both point-to-point and multipoint WAN Ethernet solutions seamlessly and securely across nearly 40 countries. The portfolio features a wide choice of configurations and protection options, bandwidth in granular increments from 2 Mbps to 10 Gbps, up to four classes of service with interclass bursting as well as unique usage-based options. It provides a high quality, scalable and cost-effective Ethernet solution on a truly global scale.
http://www.tatacommunications.com/vpn/ethernet.asp

Read about other recent Tata Communications’ Ethernet service enhancements:
Tata Communications Leads Global Ethernet Evolution with the Launch of Its Next-Generation Ethernet Network
Tata Communications Launches Global 10 Gigabit Ethernet Service
Tata Communications' Global Priority Ethernet Services are now MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certified

Learn more about Tata Communications Ethernet strategy for Emerging Markets:
http://www.tatacommunications.com/broadcast/newsletter/emea/podcast.asp

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), and 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

About Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 150 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF's mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at http://www.metroethernetforum.org

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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