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Airtel launches new terrestrial cable network to Bhutan
New Delhi, Aug 5 (AGENCIES):
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 1:55 AM IST
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Bharti Airtel, Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider today announced the creation of a new terrestrial cable network to Bhutan. As part of this initiative, Airtel has inked an MoU with the Royal Government of Bhutan to extend fibre connectivity to the Himalayan Kingdom. “We are deeply honored to have the opportunity to partner the Royal Government of Bhutan to help build a world class ICT infrastructure in Bhutan. At Bharti, we have always believed in undertaking business projects that have a positive impact on the society at large. The launch of Bhutan Fibre Connect is reiteration of Bharti Airtel’s commitment to building a truly global network.” said Manoj Kohli, CEO & Joint MD, Bharti Airtel. The initiative will enable enterprises in Bhutan, to reach out to the world by accessing Bharti’s cable assets, through its International cable landing stations in Chennai and Mumbai. The terrestrial fiber optic link to Bhutan will be ring protected to ensure high uptime. The initiative is set to boost IT & telecommunication infrastructure in Bhutan to bring much needed diversity and provide a fillip to communication services in the region. “The Royal Government of Bhutan has identified Information and Communications Technology as a priority sector for creating an Information Society, providing Government services to citizens and businesses through the deployment of e-Government solutions and further the growth of the IT/ITES industry & Data Centre market in Bhutan. We are privileged to have Bharti Airtel, one of the largest telecom operators in the world as our partners in this initiative.” said, Lyonpo Nandalal Rai, Minister for Information & Communications, Royal Government of Bhutan. Bhutan is being positioned as a destination of choice for global organizations to set up back office and data centre operations, considering the talent pool of English speaking graduates and Government support. By connecting Bhutan ISPs directly to Bharti’s global network, users in Bhutan will experience superior quality of voice and data services. Bharti offers the widest pan India reach with an infrastructure that comprises of 104,540 Rkms of fibre, over 1,500 MPLS and SDH POPs and over 1,491 POIs with the local exchanges.

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