Tata Communications And Dimension Data Partner To Accelerate Global Telepresence Market

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Tata Communications and Dimension Data Partner to Accelerate Global TelePresence

Market


SINGAPORE and JOHANNESBURG, Apr. 6 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    

    - Offering Comprehensive Managed Telepresence Services Worldwide


    Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of

communications, and Dimension Data, the $4.5-billion specialist IT services

and solutions provider, have signed an agreement to support the Cisco Systems

Telepresence suite of products on a worldwide basis.


    Dimension Data, one of a select few Cisco partners with

TelePresence Global Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status, has the

skills to sell, design, install, and support Cisco Telepresence in 47

countries. In addition, Dimension Data will be using the Tata Communications

global WAN to connect our own internal TelePresence endpoints. In a flexible

model for clients, Tata Communications, part of the $62.5 billion Tata Group,

and Dimension Data, will together provide the entire suite of services,

including bandwidth, Telepresence hardware, support, maintenance and a fully

managed service.


    Both organisations said that the global agreement aligns well

with their go-to-market model and provides a 'compelling offering' for

clients. "One significant benefit is that clients will be able to procure the

hardware on either a capex or opex model, explained Dimension Data's Group

Executive: Global Solutions, Dimension Data Holdings PLC, Steve Joubert.


    According to John Landau, Senior Vice President of Global

Managed Services at Tata Communications, "Our vision is to be the leading

provider of Telepresence meetings - within enterprises as well as with their

ecosystem of customers, suppliers and partners. Our partnership with

Dimension Data enables us to deliver comprehensive managed Telepresence

services to companies around the world"


    According to a MarketScope for Video Telepresence Solutions

report published by Gartner (21 April 2008), and authored by Rich Costello

and Scott Morrison: "by 2010, Gartner expects telepresence to generate $600

million in annual equipment revenue worldwide. With services included, total

telepresence market revenue could reach $1.5 billion annually by 2010."

Gartner said "Although we feel that the high cost of these solutions will

limit broad market penetration, large organizations with a business case for

telepresence, as well as the financial resources to purchase and support it,

make telepresence a "promising" enterprise market technology."


    Mr Joubert added," Our partnership with Tata Communications

reduces barriers to adoption and increases accessibility of TelePresence to a

much broader audience to communicate and collaborate in real-time."


    Tata Communications is the market-leading provider of

Telepresence services with a comprehensive offering for enterprises'

ecosystem of users globally. The service includes Cisco-certified

TelePresence network, a hosted and managed service, the world's first public

rooms and soon, the world's first open global Telepresence exchange. Tata

Communications currently has public rooms in India - Mumbai, Bangalore (2),

Chennai, Hyderabad and Gurgaon; London and Boston, with plans to expand their

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network of rooms significantly around the world by the end of 2009.


    For further information on Tata Communications Telepresence Services and

Dimension Data, visit





    About Tata Communications


    Tata Communications, a member of the $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 center and co-location

facilities.


    Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth

of reach includes a national fiber 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

fulfillment 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 Dimension Data


    Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a specialist IT services and

solution provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT

infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking,

converged communications, security, Microsoft, storage and contact centre

technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed

services to create customised client solutions.


    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,

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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 stabilize 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 http://www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is

under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or

alter its forward-looking statements.

 

    Media Contacts:


    Lee Ann Lim 

    Tata Communications

    +1-703-999-1726

    Leeann.lim@tatacommunications.com

 

    Hilary King

    Dimension Data

    +27-82-414-9623

    Hilary.king@za.didata.com

 

    Media Agency

    STC Associates

    +1-212-725-1900 x204

    kristen@stcassociates.com /

    vetri@stcassociates.com


    SOURCE: Tata Communications Limited







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