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Sunday, November 17, 2013

MTN Group Selects Etisalat SmartHub to Extend Regional Network Reach

MTN and Etisalat groups respectively are partnering on smart hub to extend regional networks.

Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services, Etisalat, confirmed this to ITRealms, saying that Etisalat, leading telecom operator in the Middle East and Africa, at the weekend, made this revelation of its partnership with MTN Group to extend their regional network reach via Etisalat SmartHub.

He said, MTN Group, a leading emerging markets telecommunications provider, will connect through Etisalat’s SmartHub at Fujairah CLS to expand its advanced data network capabilities.

ITRealms recalls that MTN, the South Africa-based multinational company operates in African, European and Middle Eastern countries.

He explained that Etisalat’s SmartHub provides advanced content, IPX, IX and high speed data services for its customers in the UAE and the region. Stressing that the new partnership will also enable MTN Group to connect via a new route to Europe, beneficial to its large customer base in the Middle East.

Etisalat's SmartHub is a global communications hub facilitating direct routing of traffic between the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Amiri said they are delighted to have such a prestigious telecom group as MTN join the SmartHub community of operators and content providers. Explaining that SmartHub is designed to provide partners with a one stop shop for connectivity to the region.

“This partnership with MTN Group showcases the importance of the SmartHub as well as puts UAE in the limelight as the regional hub for telecom services. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship and enhancing customer experience," Amiri said.

For Jyoti Desai, the Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, MTN “Etisalat’s Smarthub is seen as an important hub in our bid to expand MTN’s world class global multi-services network, as it allows us to provide advanced communication services to our customers in the Middle East and Africa. The rising significance of UAE’s strategic position as the communication network hub for the Middle East and Africa region underpins the importance of this partnership in our expansion plan.”

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