Tata Communications leading provider of a new world of communications, announced today the expansion of its Global VPN service to China through an NNI (Network to Network Interface) agreement with China Enterprise Netcom Corporation Limited (China Entercom or CEC), a value-added telecommunication services and integrated IT solutions provider and subsidiary of CITIC (China International Trust and Investment Corporation).

Through this NNI, Tata Communications and China Entercom have interconnected 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.

Tata Communications' agreement with China Entercom 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 & Mobility Services, Tata Communications. "China and India are the engines driving the globalizing information economy, and, it is critical for MNC's to establish reliable infrastructure in these markets. Tata Communications' unmatched depth and reach throughout India coupled with our new, extended reach into China allows us to support the needs of our customers seeking to achieve seamless coverage in these markets and to major cities throughout the world."

Mr. Kumar 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 the Middle East, South Africa, Philippines, and Malaysia."

Zhu Jian Hua, president and CEO, China Entercom commented, We are pleased to partner with Tata Communications to provide customers with high quality IP VPN solutions throughout China. The seamless integration of Tata Communications' high performance IP network with China Entercom's extensive IPVPN coverage in greater China...

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