Tata Group telecom company, Tata Communications, has drawn up plans to extend its global virtual private network service to China through a network-to-network interface (NNI) agreement with China Enterprise Netcom Corporation Limited (China Entercom), a subsidiary of China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC).
Through this NNI, Tata Communications and China Entercom have interconnected their respective multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) infrastructures, allowing Tata Communications' multinational corporation 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 users 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 and mobility services, Tata Communications.
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."
The partnership with CEC will offer Tata Communications'customers additional reach into and across China allowing international and Indian MNCs to be seamlessly served with a single VPN that covers India, China, and major metropolitan areas worldwide. The service is available with both managed and unmanaged options, supported by 24/7 end-to-end network management, and tied to a stringent and unified Service Level Agreement (SLA).
Zhu Jian Hua, president and CEO, China Entercom, said, "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' IP network with China Entercom's extensive IPVPN coverage in greater China will provide superior connectivity in the Asia region and to the world."
Tata Communications' global IP network offers 570Gbps of high speed OC48/192 MPLS Backbone Capacity and 500G of customer connectivity throughout North America, Europe and Asia. It reaches over land, sea and sky, in 5 continents and over 195 countries, carrying more then 300 petabits of traffic globally per month.
David Kennedy, senior analyst, telecom and IT advisory firm, Ovum, states, "With an estimated annual communications spend of $25 billion, the Asia Pacific Region, including China and India, is the fastest growing economic zone in the world and MNCs are investing heavily in its markets. Revenue from IP-based communications is growing at double-digit rates, and both domestic businesses and MNCs are benefiting from this growth and require sophisticated telecommunications to support their businesses. Network coverage is the first filter that prospective customers apply to suppliers...and coverage in these growing markets is currently the main point of differentiation between networks."