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Telekom Malaysia forms alliance with Etisalat

Partnership for SmartHub will allow operator to reach countries in MEArn

The UAE’s Etisalat has entered an alliance with Telekom Malaysia allowing the operator to extend its international services to a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Under the agreement, Telekom Malaysia will leverage a multi-functional network node at Etisalat’s SmartHub data centre in the emirate of Fujairah. Telekom Malaysia will use the facility to provide content, internet exchange, internetwork packet exchange and high-speed data services to countries within Etisalat’s footprint. These include Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Nigeria and Tanzania.

“[This alliance will] further strengthen our point of presence in the Middle East, thus enabling Telekom Malaysia to create a value proposition as one of the key players in the Middle East region,” says Rozaimy Rahman, Telekom Malaysia’s Executive Vice-President of Global and Wholesale.

Rahman added that the company is considering introducing services including IP transit, IP-VPN, ethernet, international private leased circuitMPLS networks and voice hubbing.