MUMBAI, India, September 29 /PRNewswire/ --

- Partnership With Batelco Expands Global MPLS Network

Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications announced another key milestone in the global expansion of its MPLS network into the Middle East through a partnership with Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco). Batelco is Bahrain's leading integrated communications provider, providing end-to-end telecommunications solutions to retail and enterprise customers in the Middle East region. This partnership enables Tata Communications to offer MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) VPN services into Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and other locations within the region for its customers in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

The Middle East region plays an increasingly important role the current global economic scenario, witnessing growth in business and a corresponding demand for global connectivity solutions. The partnership with Batelco extends Tata Communications' capability to provide MPLS services in 78 countries and with Extended Access Service via IPSec gateways, in over 150 countries.

Tata Communications continues to solidify its footprint as a global player, enabling multinational companies to connect employees, customers, and partners in all key emerging markets, such as the Middle East, India, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Egypt and South Africa. Tata Communications' customers can avail of high quality solutions from a single service provider for their connectivity needs which are spread vastly across these regions. The solutions are fully scalable, seamless and backed by SLAs for voice, data, video and multimedia applications in these high growth areas and the rest of the world.

"Our partnership with Batelco allows us to expand our network in the Middle East and serve our customers by leveraging in-region relationships, expertise and local knowledge," said Radwan Moussalli, Managing Director of Wholesale Data and Enterprise Business for Tata Communications' Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

According to Mr. Adel Daylami, General Manager, Business Sales & Products for Batelco, "We share the same goals of network expansion so our relationship with Tata Communications is a win-win for all - our corporations and our customers."

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About Tata Communications

Tata Communications, a member of the US$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 centre and co-location facilities.

Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach includes a national fibre 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 fulfilment 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)

About Bahrain Telecommunications Company

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) is the leading integrated communications provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Committed to delivering cutting-edge telecommunications to corporate and consumer customers in Bahrain, the Middle East, and North Africa regions, Batelco offers comprehensive solutions, including MPLS-based network services, mobile services, international roaming, broadband Internet, satellite services, and WiFi. With investments totalling US$1.4 billion in telecom infrastructure in Bahrain since 1981, Batelco has invested significantly in the NGN (Next Generation Networks) infrastructure, which has reinforced the Kingdom's position as a leading communications hub. The company's shares are listed on the Bahrain Stock Exchange with a total capitalisation of approximately 3.1 billion as of June 2008. With an ongoing strategy to grow overseas, the Batelco Group incorporates joint venture operations in Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. For more information, visit Batelco online at

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 stabilise 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, updates or alters its forward-looking statements.

Media Contacts: Harpreet Jabbara Tata Communications +91-925-000-1787 Janice Goveas Tata Communications +91-922-339-4575 Media Agency STC Associates +1-212-725-1900 x204

Media Contacts: Harpreet Jabbara, Tata Communications, +91-925-000-1787, Janice Goveas, Tata Communications, +91-922-339-4575, Media Agency, STC Associates,, +1-212-725-1900 x204,