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Press Release -- March 11th, 2015
Source: Lightyear Network Solutions

Global Framework Agreement with TSIC Reinforces Etisalat Group’s Position as a Leading Carrier Operator in the region

High quality Internet Service to Benefit Etisalat Customers across the Footprint

Abu Dhabi and Stockholm, March 11th, 2015: Etisalat Group, the leading telecommunications operator in Middle East, Africa and Asia, has partnered with TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) as its preferred global internet backbone provider. The move will benefit Etisalat Group’s customers across all 19 countries where it operates.

Commenting on the announcement, Wael Ammar, Executive Vice President – Carrier Services, Etisalat Group said: “This partnership reinforces Etisalat position as a leading carrier operator across Middle East, Africa and Asia. It will ensure that our 169 million customers benefit from direct, fast and reliable connectivity in their daily lives. In a world where ‘real-life’ and ‘online-life’ are increasingly becoming one, Etisalat aspire forward with its innovative solutions and strategic partners to define the future everywhere we operate.”

“I am proud that TSIC has been chosen by Etisalat Group as a strategic partner for internet services. It’s a testament to the depth of relationship built up over the last seven years,” said Staffan Göjeryd, Vice President Data and Infrastructure at TSIC, “and, further demonstrates our progress with customers following our first in-region points of presence in the Middle East in spring 2014.”

TSIC’s Internet backbone provides data routes and strategic network interconnections, allowing interchange between countries and across continents: making the world better connected. Part of the TeliaSonera group, TSIC provides global internet, Ethernet, international voice and IPX-based mobile data services. TeliaSonera International Carrier is ranked by internet performance authority Dyn as on the second largest Internet backbone in terms of customer routes and one third of the Internet transits its network.

About TeliaSonera International Carrier
TeliaSonera International Carrier owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber backbones. Our mission is to provide exceptional network infrastructure and services – empowering individuals, businesses and societies to execute their most critical activities. By working close to our customers, we make big ideas happen at the speed of fiber. Discover more at or contact us at twitter @TeliasoneraIC

About Etisalat:
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat Group is one of the world’s leading telecom groups in emerging markets. Since its inception almost four decades ago, Etisalat has been introducing innovative connectivity solutions for its customers across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. These cutting-edge solutions have given Etisalat the ability to expand its subscriber base to more than 169 million in the 19 international markets it operates in. Etisalat’s market cap is 87.7 billion AED, equalling 23.8 billion USD.

For more information, please contact:

TeliaSonera International Carrier Media Desk E:
T: + 46 703200383

Etisalat Media Desk
T: +9712 618 2877

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