Airtel ties up with Cisco to offer MPLS to domestic customers

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New Delhi, May 14 (UNI) Country's leading telecom services provider Bharti Airtel, today announced the launch of Managed Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) services in partnership with IT and telecoms hardware major Cisco.

This service is the first of a series of Managed Services that the company plans to launch over the next two years, a statement said.

Bharti's move comes within days of French-US equipment firm Alcatel-Lucent forming a JV with Reliance Communications (RCOM) to offer managed-network services to domestic as well as international telecom operators.

The service launch includes a Tier 1 MSCP certification from Cisco for their network and service capabilities, to provide Managed MPLS VPN services.

The Managed MPLS Service will provide world-class solutions with end-to-end service assurance to enterprises, for their business critical networks.

The services are a part of Airtel's strategy to migrate from TDM to IP based network services and introduce a full suite of Managed Services for domestic enterprises.

''Our aim is to be an end to end managed services provider for Indian enterprises - move beyond network management to offer and provide converged application services on business critical networks. The CISCO Tier 1 certification is a big step in that direction,'' President-Enterprise Services (Bharti Airtel) David Nishball said.

''The move reinforces to our customers our world class MPLS network and service offerings capabilities and enables us to provide a host of new industry defining Managed service offerings that will help our customers transform their businesses,'' Mr Nishball added.

The company, which has more than 400 customers on its MPLS network, intends to increase its customer base by at least 30 per cent in the next one year.

Over the next two years, Airtel will start offering a wide range of managed IP-based services in a phased manner. These services will enable enterprises to outsource some of their most important IP communication services with complete investment protection and scalability, the statement added.

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