Tata Extends Telepresence With Cisco

Tata Communications to introduce TelePresence exchange services for Cisco TelePresence, a major expansion of its telepresence services

April 23, 2009

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SINGAPORE -- Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications, announced today that it will introduce TelePresence exchange services for Cisco TelePresenceTM, a major expansion of its telepresence services. The Global Meeting Exchange will support meetings between any connected private and public Cisco TelePresence rooms.

Tata Communications is in discussions with a number of regional carriers to collaborate on extending the Global Meeting Exchange into geographically diverse markets. As a result, any business with a connection to the Global Meeting Exchange will have unparalleled access to set up Cisco TelePresence virtual meetings with their ecosystem of users, achieving a very high level of collaboration without the major costs and disruptions of international travel.

Tata Communications' telepresence services include managed private Cisco TelePresence rooms, public TelePresence rooms that can be rented by the hour, and the ability for these private and public rooms to connect with each other. To reliably and cost-effectively support global business to business (B2B) connectivity, Tata's Global Meeting Exchange will have major telepresence service points of presence (PoPs) in Mumbai, New York, and London and minor points of presence co-resident in Tata's global MPLS PoPs in major cities around the world. Customer connections will be supported at any of many easily reached PoPs and this globally dispersed PoP distribution will ensure optimum performance with short connection paths.

"The Global Meeting Exchange will conveniently support B2B sessions amongst any connected private and public Cisco TelePresence rooms," said Peter Quinlan, Director of Managed Telepresence Services, Tata Communications. "This pioneering global service framework pushes telepresence from being a private intra-company experience to support the strong demand for inter-company sessions."

"The Global Meeting Exchange builds upon our current Managed telepresence private network and Public Room services; our extensive owned data bandwidth across the world; Tata's major national network assets in India, South Africa, and later this year China; and our inter-carrier relationships developed as the number one carrier of international voice calls and one of the largest inter-carrier providers of Internet peering. Our B2B cooperation with Cisco and partner carriers will bring a new level of value demanded by Cisco TelePresence users," said John Landau, senior vice-president Global Managed Services, Tata Communications.

Tata Communications Ltd.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)

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