Airtel gets Singapore long distance licence

Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Telecom services major Bharti Airtel has been awarded a licence in Singapore to provide international communications services, the company announced Monday.

The licence will enable Bharti Airtel (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Ltd, to establish a point of presence (PoP) in Singapore.

The company will soon start work for cable interconnection at landing stations, as well as to local telecommunications carriers.

With the PoPs, the company will be able to interconnect its cables with other service providers in Singapore to offer enhanced connectivity options.

Multiple cable systems like Network i2i, SeMeWe4, Asia America Gateway, APCN2, EAC and C2C will aggregate at Singapore, making Singapore the interconnection hub for Airtel traffic between India and over 90 countries around the world.

Speaking on the occasion, David Nishball, President, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel Ltd, said, "The licence is yet another important step in our journey towards ensuring that Airtel is able to meet our customer's complete global communication needs."

Bharti Airtel Ltd, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India's leading integrated telecom services provider with a customer base of 46.76 million on July 31, 2007, out of which 44.76 million are mobile customers, according to company sources.

The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SeMeWe4 to Europe.
Source: IANS
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