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April 06, 2009

Tata Communications and Dimension Data Enter into Agreement

Tata Communications, a member of the $62.5 billion Tata Group, and Dimension Data, the $4.5-billion specialist IT services and solutions provider, have signed an agreement to support the Cisco Systems Telepresence (News - Alert) suite of products on a worldwide basis.
Dimension Data officials say the company, which is one of a select few Cisco partners with TelePresence Global Authorized Technology Provider (ATP (News - Alert)) status, will sell, design, install and support Cisco Telepresence in 47 countries.
Officials said that the company would be using the Tata Communications (News - Alert) global WAN to connect internal TelePresence endpoints.
Tata Communications and Dimension Data, in a flexible will provide the entire suite of services, including bandwidth, Telepresence hardware, support, maintenance and a fully managed service.
Both organizations said that the global agreement aligns well with their go-to-market model and provides a 'compelling offering' for clients.
“One significant benefit is that clients will be able to procure the hardware on either a capex or opex model,” said Steve Joubert Dimension Data's Group Executive: Global Solutions, Dimension Data Holdings PLC.
"Our vision is to be the leading provider of Telepresence meetings - within enterprises as well as with their ecosystem of customers, suppliers and partners. Our partnership with Dimension Data enables us to deliver comprehensive managed Telepresence services to companies around the world," said John Landau, senior vice president of Global Managed Services at Tata Communications, in a statement.
Steve Joubert said the partnership with Tata Communications reduces barriers to adoption and increases accessibility of TelePresence to a much broader audience to communicate and collaborate in real-time.
Tata Communications is a major provider of Telepresence services with a comprehensive offering for enterprises' ecosystem of users globally.
The service includes Cisco (News - Alert)-certified TelePresence network, a hosted and managed service, the world's first public rooms and soon the world's first open global Telepresence exchange.
Tata Communications currently has public rooms in India - Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Gurgaon; London and Boston, with plans to expand their network of rooms significantly around the world by the end of 2009.
In March Tata Communications announced that the company is an anchor tenant customer on the privately owned SEACOM (News - Alert) cable system.
The SEACOM cable system enables Tata Communications to provide fully integrated network services from South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya to its networks in Europe, Asia and India.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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