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Qtel, TATA Communications strengthen partnership.

SENIOR Qtel and TATA Communications executives recently held top-level meetings in Doha to strengthen partnership on both existing and prospective projects.

Qtel Qatar CEO Sheikh Saud bin Nasser al Thani and TATA Communications' CEO Vinod Kumar led the discussions, which were also attended by Qtel Chief Operating Officer Waleed al Sayed, Qtel Chief Wholesale and International Officer Yousuf al Kubaisi and Qtel Group Chief Operating Officer Ahmed al Derbesti. TATA Communications owns and operates the world's only wholly-owned subsea ring around the world, most recently launching the Tata Global Network (TGN) Gulf cable system, which has delivered significant benefits for residents and businesses in the region.

Qtel's involvement in the major project has gone from strength to strength since the landing of the high-capacity submarine fibre optic cable at the Al Kheesa Landing Station in Doha in March this year. Qtel Qatar CEO said: "Qtel continues to support Qatar's long-term strategy to transform itself into a world-class hub for ICT and our partnerships with leading companies like TATA Communications are a key part of that strategy." The TGN-Gulf cable ensures that Qtel can manage the growing demand for wholesale voice and data services in Qatar, bringing an important global, high-speed route for data and voice communication and adding capability and resilience to network infrastructure.

Covering nearly 20 percent of the world's Internet routes, reaching over 240 countries and territories, the cable network offers speeds of up to 10G. Qtel's ongoing collaboration with TATA Communications is delivering significant benefits for the people of Qatar. The connection with a global cable network will increase redundancy and reduce the impact of disruptive events such as cable breaks and communication cuts.

Better broadband penetration and global connectivity for wholesale and retail businesses -- notably direct routes in emerging markets in the Gulf region, China and India --will also provide strong incentives for international companies looking to position regional offices in Qatar. TATA Communications CEO said, "Qtel's vision and culture of innovation makes it an ideal partner for TATA Communications as we continue on our journey to better connect emerging global markets."

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Jul 3, 2012
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