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Etisalat - Emirates Telecommunications Corporation : China Telecom Europe Selects Etisalat's Smarthub to Expand Advanced Data Services

03/05/2013 | 09:06pm US/Eastern
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China Telecom Europe Selects Etisalat's Smarthub to Expand Advanced Data Service Move will support China Telecom Europe's network expansion in the Middle East region
Dubai, 5 March, 2013

Etisalat and China Telecom Europe today announced an agreement whereby China Telecom Europe will use Etisalat's Smarthub to expand their reach in the Middle East. With the growing presence of the Chinese business community in the region, China Telecom Europe will deploy Etisalat's Smarthub at Fujairah CLS to expand its advanced data network capabilities.

This will provide advanced high speed IPLC and MPLS services for their customers in the UAE and other countries in the Middle East.

Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services, Etisalat, said: "China Telecom and Etisalat have been partners since 1998 and it is an achievement that China Telecom Europe has also joined as a partner. This agreement further deepens this strategic relationship to ensure we continue to collaborate closely to provide exceptional data services to our customers.

"Smarthub is designed to provide our partners with a one stop shop for connectivity to the region. The deepening ties between UAE and China bode well for both countries and communications is an important component. We look forward to many more years of cooperation with China Telecom Europe and are delighted to be working closely with them to enhance the customer experience."

Li Cao, Managing Director, China Telecom Europe, said: "China Telecom Europe is delighted to take the long-term relationship with Etisalat of regional connectivity and services to the next level. Smarthub will enable us to provide advanced communication services for our customers in the Middle East region. The rising significance of UAE's strategic position as the communication network hub for the Middle East and Africa region underpins the importance of this partnership in our expansion plan."

About Smarthub

Etisalat's Smarthub is the region's largest capacity, content, internet and data hub in the Middle East. Smarthub provides regional access for global service providers and global access to the region. Smarthub includes the Middle East's first IPX for mobile operators and includes the region's largest portfolio of internet content. Smarthub IX (Internet Exchange) will extend the reach of Smarthub content services to the region. Connectivity to Smarthub is provided through a robust and diverse infrastructure of both regional and intercontinental cable systems combined with world class hosting facilities in the Smarthub data center managed by Etisalat's Carrier& Wholesale Services www.etisalat.ae/smarthub

About Etisalat

Etisalat is the largest telecommunications operator in the Middle East and North Africa region catering to consumers, businesses, international telecommunication companies, ISPs, content providers and mobile operators.

Servicing over 139 million customers in 15 countries in Middle East, Asia and Africa, Etisalat has achieved more than 20% growth in subscriber base in 2012 across its land line, mobile, and Internet services.

Etisalat is now the highest overall rated telecommunications company in the GCC and the 4th highest rated telecommunications company in the world. It has been rated AA- by Standard & Poor, A+ by Fitch, and Aa3 by Moody's.

Etisalat UAE has pioneered the launch of the region's first commercial 4G service on its nation-wide LTE network. In September 2012, Etisalat UAE successfully completed the highest 4G LTE speed test in the world, reaching speeds of 300Mbps.

The corporation offers a variety of hi-tech complimentary services to the telecommunications industry including managerial and technical training, SIM card manufacturing, e-payment solutions, clearing house services, peering, voice and data transit, and submarine and land cable services.

About China Telecom Europe

China Telecom Europe (CTE) is China Telecom's wholly-owned overseas subsidiary for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region. Established in 2006 and based in London, CTE is committed to establishing an Information Silk Road that not only links Europe and China but also extends across the entire EMEA region and across the globe. Leveraging its state-of-the-art Euro-Asia Network (ENS), which consists of four high-speed terrestrial routes, and China Telecom's extensive global infrastructures, CTE provides world-class integrated communication solutions and services to meet the stringent communication demands of carriers, telecommunication service providers, multinational enterprises, and consumers.

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