New Delhi: Bharti Airtel entered into an alliance with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) to provide seamless network quality in terms of data speed and coverage in 325 cities across the globe, claiming to form one of the largest Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks (IP VPN) in the world having 370 points of presence (PoPs).
Bharti Airtel has more than 170 PoPs in 165 cities across India, Africa and Middle East which will be combined by Singtel’s 200 PoPs in 160 cities across the world, giving them added network advantage in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
The companies claim to enable use of high-bandwidth business applications such as cloud applications, unified communications and video conferencing, along with software defined networking solutions by companies on their joint network infrastructure with the purpose of enhancing network quality of service and troubleshooting capabilities.
Manish Prakash, director for strategic ventures at Bharti Airtel, said “This association will strongly enhance our value proposition for enterprise customers by offering them a wider global reach and the largest reach within India under a single platform. In particular, this will benefit companies in the pharmaceutical, IT and IT-enabled services as well as financial services segments, which are branching out to international locations rapidly."
Singtel managing director Lim Seng Kong added, “By tapping on one another’s infrastructure assets we enhance each other’s capabilities. This partnership also opens the door for Indian companies to expand abroad, supported by Singtel’s high quality IP VPN network in major business cities in Asia, Europe and the US."