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End-to-end services to Bahrain and Oman-based businesses for secure inter-office Connectivity

Manama, Bahrain: Batelco, Bahrain's leading integrated communications company is further demonstrating its position as a provider of cutting-edge services by launching MPLS IP VPN interconnectivity in partnership with Omantel, the number one service provider of advanced communication solutions in Oman.

Batelco's General Manager Enterprise and Government Division Adel Daylami and Omantel Senior Manager Capacity & Submarine at Wholesale Business Unit Johannes Boersma signed the partnership agreement on the sidelines of the International Telecoms Week (ITW) held in Chicago, US, on May 14-16.

Building on existing agreements, this partnership will allow bi-lateral Data IP Services to be sold between Bahrain and Oman, as well as providing one-stop-shop transit services to Batelco's and Omantel's carrier partners, enabling both parties to extend corporate VPN solutions between their respective markets. This agreement will provide state-of-the-art, end-to-end MPLS VPN services to Bahrain and Oman-based businesses that wish to establish secure inter-office connectivity between both locations. Through this agreement, Batelco and Omantel will further strengthen its offering to carrier and corporate customers in all GCC countries, Middle East as well as anywhere around the globe.

Mr. Daylami said that this strategic bi-lateral understanding is an important addition to Batelco's portfolio of OSS agreements, "Links for Batelco's international customers and partners can now be extended to all GCC countries through Batelco's Global IP VPN reliable, state of the art network."

"Accordingly, this comes in line with Batelco's International Carrier Relations (ICR) strategy via its presence in all GCC countries as well as other key destinations, through reliable MPLS, Ethernet and IPLC networks in order to expand the company's IP Data Services reach to all major destinations," added Mr. Daylami.

This agreement complements Batelco's range of global connectivity services such as Global IP-VPN, Global Ethernet, IPLC, Global Satellite services and a Global Datacenter that not only enhances efficiency by offering seamless, secure and dedicated interconnectivity but also the reliable support of a professional team working 24x7 in Batelco's sophisticated NOC's (Network Operation Centre's).

Mr. Boersma said "Omantel provides a comprehensive range of managed services to companies and carriers, and this new agreement with Batelco enables Omantel to increase the depth of its MPLS VPN portfolio, adding additional regional capabilities. The company is proud to work with Batelco, which is a long-term partner of Omantel."

For further information, please contact Batelco Public Relations Office
Public.Relations@btc.com.bh / Fax +973 17611898

For further information, please contact: Omantel Manager Press & Media Mr. Mohamed Al Salmi on mohamed.salmi@omantel.om / Tel + 968 24244658 / Fax + 968 24240111

Press release posted on: May 20 2012

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Country: Bahrain

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) is the leading integrated communications provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain and an emerging force among the regions key telecommunications players.

Batelco serves both the corporate and consumer markets in the most liberalised and competitive environment in the Middle East, and remains committed to delivering cutting-edge telecommunications to its customers in Bahrain and the MENA region. The Company's management and staff are driven by an enthusiasm for delivering the best customer experience based on innovation, affordability and reliability of products and services.

Batelco's specialised services cover the full spectrum of telecommunications solutions for residential and business customers and span a comprehensive range of mobile services, international roaming, high-speed Internet connections, satellite services, WiFi, MPLS IP-VPN network provisioning and management, Datacoms services over fixed, wireless and internet platforms, managed services, systems integration and enterprise solutions.

Batelco has invested US$1.4 billion in Bahrain's telecom infrastructure over the past 26 years, including significant investment in Next Generation Networks infrastructure which has reinforced the Kingdom's position as a leading communications hub. The Company's shares are listed on the Bahrain Stock Exchange with a total capitalization of approx US$ 3.2 billion as of February 2008.

With an ongoing strategy to grow overseas, the Batelco Group incorporates joint venture operations in Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Batelco Main Number 17 88 18 81

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