MUMBAI, India, September 10 /PRNewswire/ --

- First Global Service Provider From India to Achieve Cisco Powered Status for Managed Security Services

Tata Communications a leading provider of a new world of communications, announced today that it has been awarded the Cisco(R) Powered Managed Firewall, Managed IDS/IPS, Managed Internet and Managed MPLS VPN service designations.

By meeting all necessary criteria to achieve certification as a Cisco Managed Services Channel Partner (MSCP) worldwide, Tata Communications has taken another key step in demonstrating its commitment to service excellence and global managed service leadership.

Managed Services Channel Partner status comes with a Cisco Powered Managed Services designation, which indicates that the service has been designed to meet rigorous requirements that are based on the highest level of customer value, industry standards for service delivery, and Cisco's benchmark for quality. Cisco Powered Managed Service designation requirements are based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library(R) (ITIL) framework of best practices as well as market and industry requirements.

"We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition from Cisco," said John Landau, Senior VP, Global Managed Services for Tata Communications. "Receiving the Cisco Powered Managed Service designations not only validates the high standards Tata Communications places on delivering our managed services, but is also a testament to our ability to provide high value services to global enterprises."

"The market is moving toward the broad adoption of managed services as companies are shifting from managing their own IT infrastructure to buying technology as a service," said Rajesh Chainani, Vice President, Service Provider, Cisco India & SAARC. "With Cisco Powered Managed Service designations, Tata Communications has made an investment in obtaining the training, skills and knowledge necessary to play a pivotal role in meeting this increasing demand."

Tata Communications participated in an audit of its network operations center as a part of the Managed Service Channel Program process. The Cisco Powered Managed Service designations recognize Tata Communications' work to acquire the resources and establish the procedures to deploy, control, and support its managed services. Customers look to the Cisco Powered brand to signal a predictable, globally-consistent and seamless service delivery throughout the entire lifecycle of their IT systems.

"Delivering reliable, SLA-backed solutions that satisfy our customers' combined business and technical requirements is our utmost priority," continued Mr. Landau. "The Cisco Powered brand provides Tata Communications Customers with confidence that they can purchase robust, rigorously managed network and security services from Tata Communications as an alternative to directly acquiring the hardware and assembling the 7x24x365 skilled staff required to operate it."

The Cisco Powered Managed Service designations and its participation in the Managed Services Channel Program are Tata Communications' latest milestones in its overall commitment to standards-based service delivery. Tata Communications is a Cisco Certified TelePresence Connection Service Provider, and in June, Tata Communications attained the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 20000 and 27001 certification for its Managed Hosting, Managed Storage Services, Hosted Messaging Services, along with its Data Centers. Additionally, the company's Managed Security Operations Center recently achieved ISO 27001 certification and renewed its ISO 14001 certification.

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About Tata Communications

Tata Communications, a member of the $62.5 billion Tata Group, is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. The emerging markets communications leader leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national and Indian enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

Tata Communications' range of services include transmission, IP, converged voice, mobility, managed network connectivity, hosting and storage, managed security, managed collaboration and business transformation for global enterprises and service providers, as well as Internet, retail broadband and content services for Indian consumers. The Tata Global Network encompasses one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 300 PoPs, and more than 1 million square feet of data center and co-location facilities.

Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach includes a national fiber backbone network and access to network in over 60 cities and 125 PoPs in India, strategic investments in South African converged services operator, Neotel, Sri Lanka and Nepal and, subject to fulfillment of conditions precedent, a 50% ownership in China Enterprise Communications (CEC) providing full country VPN coverage in China.

Servicing customers from its offices in over 80 cities in 40 countries, Tata Communications is the number one global international wholesale voice operator and number one provider of international long distance, enterprise data and Internet services in India, the Company was named "Best Wholesale Carrier" at the World Communications Awards in 2006, "Best Pan-Asian Wholesale Provider" at the 2006 and 2007 Capacity Magazine Global Wholesale Telecommunications Awards and was awarded "Best Progress in Emerging Markets" at the 2008 Mobile Communication Awards.

Tata Communications Limited along with its global subsidiaries, (Tata Communications), 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)

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 Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.

Media Contacts: Cecil Adams, Tata Communications, +1-703-657-8322,; Janice Goveas, Tata Communications, +91-92233-94575,; Media Agency, STC Associates, +1-212-725-1900 x204,

Media Contacts: Cecil Adams, Tata Communications, +1-703-657-8322,; Janice Goveas, Tata Communications, +91-92233-94575,; Media Agency, STC Associates, +1-212-725-1900 x204,