FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011
Sao Paulo, Brazil - Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC), a leading global IP and Ethernet solutions provider, today announced that Sapore, Brazil’s largest multinational catering company for employee restaurants in office buildings, has retained Global Crossing to provide Internet Protocol (IP) services on its global Multiple-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) IP network. Sapore also is using hosting, storage and backup services through Global Crossing’s data centers. IP services include voice and data transport, Dedicated Internet Access and videoconferencing among Sapore’s headquarters in Campinas (SP) and 11 regional offices.
“Communication among our administrative offices is daily and constant,” explained Wilson Gullo, chief information officer at Sapore. “With this project, we achieved a significant improvement in performance and quality of service on the network, and we gained efficiencies that helped us reduce our costs."
According to Gullo, Global Crossing was chosen due to its high performance and its proven ability to manage communications systems.
“We are delighted to support the growth of Sapore,” said Marcos Malfatti, senior vice president of Sales at Global Crossing Brazil. “With average annual revenue growth of 30 percent, Sapore clearly needs the reach, flexibility and availability that Global Crossing’s global IP network provides.”
Global Crossing also provides data center services and server hosting to Sapore. Global Crossing's data center infrastructure currently offers first-class facilities in 60 major cities around the world. In Brazil, the company has data center facilities in Cotia, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro, which are focused on managed services. Global Crossing’s hosting facilities allow customers to connect seamlessly to virtually any location on the globe via the company’s Tier 1 global IP network.
Established 18 years ago, Sapore is the first genuinely Brazilian multinational dedicated to catering for employee restaurants. It caters to more than 1,000 restaurants nationwide, serving more than 850,000 meals daily. To meet this demand, Sapore has approximately 15,000 employees. In 2010, the company's revenue was approximately $900 million. The company started its international operations in June 2007, when it acquired Coral Alimentação, a Mexican catering company. Sapore serves more than 55,000 meals in Mexico and Colombia, as well.
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Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP, Ethernet, data center and video solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of data, voice, collaboration, broadcast and media services delivered with superior customer service.
Global Crossing provides services to enterprises (including approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500); government departments and agencies; and 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries, and has 17 world-class data centers in major business centers around the globe.
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