Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) is combining its resources with Indian operator Bharti Airtel to form an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) that will provide connectivity to 325 cities across the world, reports The Economic Times.
The combined network will deliver high-speed, secure data network coverage to enterprise customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the US via 370 Points of Presence (PoP).
The new network will be made up of Singtel's 200 PoPs in 160 cities across the world and Airtel's 170 plus PoPs in 165 across India, Africa and Middle East, acting as the "connectivity backbone" to enterprises throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
Bharti Airtel said the association will "strongly enhance" its value proposition for enterprise customers by offering them a "wider global reach and the largest reach within India under a single platform."
Manish Prakash, director for strategic ventures at Bharti Airtel, added that the new network will benefit pharmaceutical, IT and IT-enabled services, in particular, as well as financial services segments, which are branching out to international locations rapidly.
In a joint statement, the telecoms firms claimed that the partnership will give multinational corporations the ability to keep line of sight on their operations across different regions by using high-bandwidth business applications such as cloud applications, unified communications, video conferencing and software-defined networking solutions.
"By tapping on one another's infrastructure assets, we enhance each other's capabilities," said Lim Seng Kong, managing director of Global Enterprise Business at Singtel Group Enterprise.
Kong added that the network "paves the way" for its international customers to enter into one of the world's most vibrant economies, i.e. India. It also gives rise for Indian companies to expand abroad, supported by Singtel's high-quality IP VPN in major cities across the world.