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BT AND TATA COMMUNICATIONS SIGN GLOBAL STRATEGIC VOICE SERVICES AGREEMENT

BT AND TATA COMMUNICATIONS SIGN GLOBAL STRATEGIC VOICE SERVICES AGREEMENT


New York - June 25, 2009 - BT Group and Tata Communications Ltd., have signed a major voice services agreement that will allow two of the world’s largest providers of voice and IP services to mutually benefit from shared resources as part of a global supply arrangement.


Through the five-year agreement, Tata Communications will become BT’s primary supplier of International Direct Dial (IDD) and other voice termination services outside BT’s own footprint countries and BT will become Tata Communication’s main distribution channel for its IDD traffic into the UK, expanding into other markets across Europe as the relationship matures.


By providing each party with access to additional capacity and flexibility, the relationship will allow BT and Tata Communications to benefit from each others’ strengths as they develop and grow their businesses in their respective markets.


Brian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of BT Wholesale Markets, said: “Tata Communications is a leader in the international wholesale voice business, making them a perfect partner to help us achieve additional economies of scale to those of our own. We look forward to maximising the opportunities this relationship presents to both organisations as we expand our portfolio of wholesale products and services and ultimately strive to become even more competitive with our pricing.”


Michel Guyot, President of Global Voice Solutions, Tata Communications, said: “We are proud to become BT’s primary supplier of international voice termination services. The agreement will increase both partners’ competitiveness and will enhance our respective service offerings. We are also very excited to have BT as our main distribution channel in the UK as we are confident that BT’s resources and strong knowledge of the European market will be of great benefit to Tata Communications.”


The relationship will allow BT and Tata Communications to benefit from their respective extensive global networks and advantageous cost structures. BT will also have access to Tata Communications’ world-class routing capabilities and on-line management systems providing greater economies of scale that will improve BT’s competitiveness in the international calls market.


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Notes to editors


For further information

Please contact the BT Group Newsroom on its 24-hour number: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK, dial +44 20 7356 5369. All BT Group news releases can be accessed at our web site: www.bt.com/newscentre.


Tata Communications media contacts:

Katherine Roux-Groleau

Tata Communications

+1 514 998 8540

krouxgroleau@casacom.ca


Ramya Kumaraswamy

Hill & Knowlton

+1 212 885 0552

Ramya.kumaraswamy@hillandknowlton.com


About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.


In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group’s revenue was £21,390 million.


British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.


For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt


About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.


The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.


Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited), and subject to approval by the Chinese government, China (China Enterprise Communications)


Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)


www.tatacommunications.com

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Fanfare Experiences Continued Growth Despite Economy

New Customer Wins, APAC Executive, and Product Propel Fanfare’s Growth Forward In The Face of Tough Economic Times


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—June 25, 2009— Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to service providers (SPs), network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), and enterprises, today announced that the company has secured the second-largest deal in the company’s history with a globally recognized network equipment manufacturer. The customer, who cannot be named due to a confidentiality clause, signed the deal this quarter.


Fanfare also closed several other deals last quarter with large, global companies, and announced that BT selected Fanfare’s iTest®, the company’s flagship test automation product, as a key component of the strategic testing platform it is putting in place to automate complex system testing.


Last week, Fanfare also announced the addition of David May to its international team. May, vice president of Asia Pacific (APAC) operations, will oversee Fanfare’s operations in this region from the Tokyo, Japan office, as the company continues its worldwide expansion.


“Fanfare continues to experience significant momentum on a global scale, despite the economic downturn,” said Tom Ryan, President and CEO of Fanfare. “In fact, we have seen the level of interest in our products increase over the past several months, as companies look for ways to do more with less. The deals we closed in the last two quarters are testament to the value of our technology and the significant role it plays in helping carriers and equipment manufacturers to solve real business problems and attain their objectives.”


During a Fanfare-sponsored webinar yesterday, BT’s Brian Buege, Head of the Testing Centre for Excellence, discussed the changing business climate in the carrier market, the complexity involved in deploying LTE and next-generation networks, and how quality and time to market grow the top and bottom line.


BT implemented iTest, Fanfare’s flagship test automation software, enterprise-wide to standardize the communication of test assets across the company, as well as between BT and its suppliers. This deployment has resulted in significant reductions in costs and testing time required to bring new products and services to market.


“In order for carriers to deploy quality services on time and on budget, they must enhance their quality process in response to the changing business climate in which they operate,” said Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke, an independent analyst firm. Voke recently recognized Fanfare as a 2009 voke Innovator. “Fanfare has proven itself to be a key component to any carrier’s quality strategy, and is well positioned from both an operational and technological perspective to help take its carrier customers to the next level.”


Fanfare was also the recipient of a 2008 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award, and Internet Telephony’s 11th Annual Product of the Year Award. Both are sponsored by Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC).


Earlier this month, Fanfare announced iTest 3.4, which offers significant improvements to core iTest functionality and features the industry’s first Virtual Testbed (VTB) capabilities. VTB significantly reduces costs and time to market for service providers and suppliers.


Fanfare’s iTest automates complex system testing required by carriers before launching new services to market, or upgrading existing ones, such as IPTV and VoIP. iTest also provides a unified communication platform that facilitates the sharing of test assets between carriers and their suppliers. Carriers must collaborate with their NEMs to ensure that new devices work properly with existing network devices before they are placed in the network. This process enhances the quality of products and services for subscribers, reduces time to market, and improves productivity across the entire product development and service development life cycle.


To access the archived webinar, please visit: http://www.fanfaresoftware.com/info/CarrierQualityWebinar.html.


About Fanfare

Fanfare provides automated testing solutions that enable service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and enterprises to enhance productivity throughout the quality workflow by streamlining system and device testing, reducing product cycles, and lowering costs. Using Fanfare, quality assurance teams and developers can leverage a common testing platform to deliver quality services and products to market faster and more efficiently.

Fanfare is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with global operations in EMEA and APAC. For more information, please visit www.fanfaresoftware.com.

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Media Contact:

Marisa Marzano

Big Sky Communications

(705) 484-5105

marisa@bigskypr.com

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Growth in Mobile Data Triples Backhaul Capacity Demands

Growth in Mobile Data Triples Backhaul Capacity Demands

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 25, 2009 - The need for more backhaul capacity will grow 3 fold between 2009 and 2013, according to a recent report by In-Stat (http://email.in-stat.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/hBSEh0JPFkY0K560DHgc0Eb). Operators are deploying EV-DO 2000, HSPA/HSPA+, WiMAX, and LTE to meet the growing demand for high speed mobile data. In the process, the bottleneck affect of backhaul has become more prominent.

Traditionally, voice has dominated the traffic going across a mobile operator’s network. With voice as the primary traffic component, an operator could meet its backhaul requirements with a couple of T-1’s per base station. That has all changed with operators relying on data for revenue growth.

“Cellular and WiMAX backhaul provides that crucial link between the mobile operator’s radio access network and its core network,” says Frank Dickson, In-Stat’s VP of Mobile Internet research. “It does an operator no good to install a base station with 7.2 Mbps capacity if the backhaul is limited to 4.5 Mbps.”

Some of the key findings from In-Stat’s new research are:

• WiMAX and LTE will require backhaul needs of 80-100 Mbps. Their deployments will increase the need for new backhaul solutions.

• While microwave will remain the most common last mile link medium, Ethernet is playing an increasing role in supporting backhaul needs for cellular and WiMAX networks.

• 90,000 Gbps of capacity in the last mile of the backhaul network will be needed by the end of 2013 to support the worlds cellular and WiMAX networks.

In Asia/Pacific, the cellular backhaul last mile backhaul capacity for LTE will be 2,500 Gbps in 2013.

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The future of Telecom – where are we headed next?

Former CTO of AT&T speaks out to visionary leaders about the future of telecoms.


The question has been asked by many. Where is the telecommunication market headed over the next decade? The subject was highlighted last week by visionary technology leader Dr Hossein Eslambolchi, Chairman & CEO of 2020 Ventures, who addressed over 50 telecom heads last week in California at the industry leading Next Generation Telecom Summit.


The former CTO of AT&T is well-known throughout the technology world for his bold and futurist ideas. His strategies and implementations during his time at AT&T undoubtedly changed the way the company operate, and by doing this, strategically transformed the future of the network. As the keynote speaker at the summit, his technical presentation focused on the future trends in services and applications that will be implemented over the next decade.


 Eslambolchi’s insight into his futuristic world of communication sparked the tone for the rest of the week amongst the industry figureheads. A brutally honest debate lead by Courtney Munroe from IDC, touched on the concept of the ‘consumer’, their needs and what they are willing to pay for. Heated discussions and opposing views occurred between Neil Cox, Qwest, Ibrahim  Gedeon from Telus, Christian Jorg from The Island Def Jam and Miriam Holzman from FOX mobile, on sharing out revenues created by content between telecom and media companies. It is not surprising that this debate will continue for some considerable time. 


Dubbed ‘The Converged Services Summit’, technology leaders are recognising the need to interact with each other from every different field within the industry, as each service is inevitably affected by the other.  Joining Eslambolchi in discussions were Dan Acton, Virgin Mobile, Paul Frizado, MTS Allstream, Marc Coleman, Comcast, and Matthew Ooman, Sprint Nextel. This esteemed group conversed with technology leaders from Oracle, Canoga Perkins, Brocade, Front Porch and Aricent, about the future of telecoms, and whether these industry moguls can work together to take technology further.


Platforms like the groundbreaking California summit need to become available to the industry’s figureheads for discussions to occur more frequently. Influential thinkers like Eslambolchi are stepping up to the challenge to develop telecommunication and take it to another level. Over the last few years, consumers have been bombarded with new technological ways to interact with each other. From the i-phone to Skype, global communication is becoming easier and cheaper, and has advanced dramatically in a short space of time.


The question is what could possibly be next?

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