Cable & Wireless deploys regional MPLS network

The company intends to use the new network to support its enterprise customers and tap into a growing demand for MPLS services

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By  Sean Robson Published  August 7, 2008

Cable & Wireless is deploying an extensive telecoms or multi protocol label switching (MPLS) network across the Middle East to support its enterprise customers throughout the technology, construction and financial service sectors.

The network deployment includes points of presence (PoP), in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. According to the company, the network will mean improved service and support for its customers and will enable it to route increased levels of data traffic in the region.

"This investment further strengthens our commitment and ability to serve our enterprise customers on a global scale. We are committed to providing the best levels of service and strive to meet the needs of our customers in growing markets, such as the Middle East and Africa," said Jim Marsh, CEO of Cable & Wireless.

Cable & Wireless' expansion into the region is a strategic one with industry analysts, such as Ovum, predicting that revenue from MPLS services in the MEA region will double over the next five years to cross $1 billion by 2012.

In keeping with this, Cable&Wireless claim to have already experienced a significant increase in new order volumes, most recently signing a three year contract worth $20 million per annum, to provide MPLS services to a global technology provider in the Middle East.

A further report from industry analysts confirmed that the boom in this region is set to continue, concluding that the telecommunications and broadband internet sectors will generate $70 billion in annual revenue by 2015 in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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