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Etisalcom signs MPLS deal

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.

Etisalcom, a Bahraini-based ICT service provider, has announced the signing of a strategic agreement with Telekom Malaysia to help Etisalcom to establish 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 throughestablishing further partnerships.

Etisalcom recently failed to secure one of Bahrain’s first Fixed Wireless Broadband licences following a tender at the end of 2006. The MPLS system is designed to provide customers with cheaper and faster telecommunications connections.

"The telecommunications market in the GCC, which has thus far been dominated by government sponsored giant telcos, is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, currently valued in the range of over US$100 billion," said Samir Nooruddin, managing director of Etisalcom.

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