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Bahrain to get first MPLS link

Etisalcom is working with Telekom Malaysia to set up Bahrain's first high-capacity international managed multi protocol label switching (MPLS) link.

Etisalcom is working with Telekom Malaysia to set up Bahrain's first high-capacity international managed multi protocol label switching (MPLS) link.

The agreement will see the deployment of a dedicated pipe connecting Telekom Malaysia's MPLS network to Etisalcom's offices in Bahrain via submarine and terrestrial cables.

Telekom Malaysia has plans to expand its MPLS network's reach into eastern Asia and across the world via its own network or through establishing further partnerships.

Etisalcom said it expects to be able to realise significant time and cost savings through the link, which will route traffic through the less congested Far East as opposed to the highly concentrated Western corridors.

"This link has significant implications for Bahrain not just contributing towards significant cost and time savings for companies and enhancing FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flow into the Kingdom, but also establishing it as a regional telecommunications hub especially for the Far-East Asian corridor," Etisalcom CEO Rashid Al-Snan said.

Etisalcom recently failed to secure one of Bahrain's first fixed wireless broadband licences following a tender at the end of 2006.

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