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    Bharti Airtel and Pacnet join forces to deliver enhanced connectivity to and from India
    • Partnership leverages strong sub sea cable assets of both companies to provide leading edge solutions to business customers
    • Launches ‘Gateway to India ' offering in association with Pacnet

    New Delhi , Wednesday, 18 th June 2008 – Bharti Airtel , India 's leading telecom services provider, today announced that it has entered into an NNI (network-to-network interface) agreement with Pacnet to interconnect their respective networks, expanding connections to and from India . Under the scope of the agreement, the two companies will directly interconnect their network infrastructure to expand their respective MPLS (multi protocol label switching)-based IP VPN (Internet Protocol virtual private network) capabilities and to provide advanced IP solutions to key business customers in the region. The agreement will enable both the companies to deliver greater coverage, seamless user experience and reliable technology to their customers.

    Announcing the agreement, David Nishball, President, Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel Ltd. said, “This agreement is in line with our strategy to extend the global reach of our customers and providing them a secure, consistent and robust network running right from their doorstep to the most populous markets across Asia Pacific and beyond. Airtel's India expertise coupled with Pacnet's international capability will enable us to provide integrated communications solutions to satisfy requirements for quality, value, consistency and reliability.”

    Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Pacnet , said, “As we continue to see high growth in enterprise communication requirements to and from India, we are pleased to team up with Bharti Airtel in delivering seamless connectivity to our customers. This partnership will help strengthen our reach across all major business markets within India as well as provide customers with industry-leading communication solutions.”

    Following the signing of the NNI, Airtel and Pacnet also announced a special “Gateway to India ” offering for high capacity International Private Line circuits between the United States and India . Delivered in collaboration with Pacific Crossing the “Gateway to India ” offering will leverage the strengths of each company's subsea assets to provide a fast, resilient end-to-end connection for enterprise customers who have large capacity requirements between these markets. The connections will utilize Airtel's i2i/SMeWe 4 system, Pacnet's EAC-C2C network and Pacific Crossing's PC-1 cable system.