Tata Comm, China Entercom in VPN partnership

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New Delhi, Feb 26 (UNI) Leading telecommunications service provider Tata Communications Ltd today said it will partner China Entercom to provide virtual private network (VPN) services in China.

Tata Communications is expanding its Global VPN service to China through an NNI (Network to Network Interface) agreement with China Enterprise Netcom Corporation Ltd (China Entercom), a value-added telecommunication services and integrated IT solutions provider and subsidiary of CITIC (China International Trust and Investment Corporation), a company statement said.

Through this agreement, both the companies will interconnect their respective MPLS (Multi- Protocol Label Switching) infrastructures, allowing Tata Communications' multi-national corporation (MNC) customers VPN connectivity reach beyond the existing 120 cities in India and 19 major business centers across North America, Asia, and Europe to now also include 347 cities throughout China.

Additionally customers can connect with dual PoP locations in tier-one cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

''The agreement allows us to serve our many global and India MNC customers who require a single scalable and reliable global VPN with deep reach into both India and China, and broad reach around the world,'' said Vinod Kumar, President, Global Data and Mobility Services, Tata Communications.

China and India are the engines driving the globalising information economy, and, it is critical for MNC's to establish reliable infrastructure in these markets. The partnership allows us to support the needs of our customers seeking to achieve seamless coverage in these markets and to major cities throughout the world, he added.

''Carrier partnerships are critical to provide the deep global reach our customers' networks require. Our agreement with China Entercom is part of a larger MPLS expansion plan that will include other NNI agreements, as well as the expansion of Tata Communications' international on-net in key strategic regions and emerging markets that are of high value to our customers, including West Asia, South Africa, Philippines, and Malaysia,'' Mr Kumar said.

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