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Etisalat extends customer reach across USA, Canada, LatAm

Etisalat has set up its own node in New York with last mile connectivity provided by Global Crossing to offer global connectivity solutions

Etisalat extends customer reach across USA, Canada, LatAm
The move is described as part of Etisalat’s long-term strategy of enhancing global connectivity options for its corporate customers.

UAE telecoms operator Etisalat, has struck an agreement with IP solutions provider Global Crossing to provide seamless connectivity alternatives to customers who want to expand their connectivity to the US, Canada and Latin America from the UAE.

As part of this alliance, Etisalat has set up its own node in New York with last mile connectivity provided by Global Crossing to offer global connectivity solutions through a secure and fully owned IP/MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) network, the company said in a press release on Saturday.

This is part of Etisalat’s long-term strategy of enhancing global connectivity options for its corporate customers, it added.

“This partnership with Global Crossing is significant in terms of expanding the connectivity alternatives for our customers across the US, Canada and Latin America,” said Abdulla Hashim, Senior Vice President, Business Solutions, Etisalat.

“This will enable us to leverage their local presence and the capabilities of their integrated IP-based network to support our customers. Moreover, the presence of our own nodes is a major differentiator for customers across this region that now can rely on us for world class connectivity solutions with advantages like reliable quality of service and network management capabilities.”

“As Etisalat’s business clients take advantage of globalisation and IP convergence market trends, they can benefit from Etisalat’s support model, strong regional presence and the global seamless network enabled by Global Crossing’s IP infrastructure,” said Habib Issa, Global Crossing’s head of Carrier Sales for South Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The move will also translate into pricing advantages which will be passed on to customers since Etisalat will manage its own network from end-to-end in a seamless manner, the company said in its statement.

Etisalat aims to extend its customers connectivity in countries where it doesn’t have coverage by being part of the Global Crossing  MPLS network.  This will enable UAE based customers to extend their connectivity through Etisalat across the US, Canada and Latin American markets.

“The IP VPN services offered will deliver feature-rich capability of a fully managed IP network while providing the reliability, quality and security of an MPLS-based private network environment. Both companies will also work towards offering value added services like Managed Services utilizing their respective infrastructure,” the company added.

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