Tata Communications has extended its Global IP / VPN service offerings into Pakistan, through a collaboration with Multinet Pakistan Private Limited, an operating company of Axiata and provider of data and voice communications. The collaboration now makes Tata Communications the largest global Ethernet provider in the world.
The partnership will enable enterprise customers to enjoy the first commercially available Ethernet services in Pakistan, as well as global Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) communications services, through a point of presence (PoP) deployment in Karachi.
“Pakistan is a growing and diverse economy which is enjoying increasing international investment,” says Radwan Moussalli, Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa Region, Tata Communications.
“This is the 100th country reached by our MPLS services and the 52nd by our Ethernet services, giving us the largest global Ethernet footprint. The MPLS and Ethernet node in Pakistan will allow businesses to connect to their offices in Pakistan and around the world using Tata Communications’ extensive regional and global presence.”
The new services are particularly ideal for banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) companies looking to grow their presence in Pakistan, or migrating from international private lines to MPLS or Ethernet. Manufacturing, energy, IT and software development are other fast-growing sectors of the economy which will benefit from improved connectivity to the region and the rest of the world.
“The India-Pakistan cross-border connectivity will give us a unique value proposition,” says Rashid, Senior Executive Vice President, Multinet Pakistan Private Limited. “Enterprise customers will be able to choose from point-to-point and multi-point MPLS and Ethernet connectivity options across both locations.”
“The association with Tata Communications is an exciting one for Multinet Pakistan. Together we will offer our clientele the best services and unbeatable customer satisfaction, something we deem as our forte.”
Tata Communications’ focus on emerging markets sees it not only providing Pakistan a gateway to traditional developed markets around the world, but it also fosters enhanced trading relationships with geographies such as the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. The Karachi PoP is the latest in Tata Communications’ ongoing expansion of its global connectivity reach across the emerging markets. The global Telco recently engaged its global partners to establish PoPs in Doha, Qatar (in collaboration with Q-Tel), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (together with Mobily) and in Dhaka, Bangladesh (under an agreement with ADSNL), as well as increasing over ten-fold, the capacity at the node in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (in association Etisalat). Tata Communications has also added a second node and Global Dedicated Ethernet services in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Additionally, the Telco is in the midst of constructing the TGN-Gulf (Tata Global Network-Gulf) cable system for the under-served Gulf region. The TGN-Gulf high-capacity submarine fibre optic system is due for completion within the next four months.