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AT&T to set up global network node at Chennai

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The Chennai node will also act as a disaster recovery centre for the Bangalore node. The company is looking at the possibility of setting up nodes in Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata.

New Delhi , Sept. 1

THE US based telecom major, AT&T Communications Services, is investing over $1.5 million for setting up a global network node at Chennai by the end of the year.

The node will cater to the growing demand for data communication services by the enterprise segment from India. AT&T already has three similar nodes in the country.

"There is a growing demand for the IP-based network services from our clients in South India. Currently, we have about 15 clients from Chennai, which is expected to go up after setting up the node. We have made this investment keeping in mind the number of landing stations that are being set up in Chennai which will give us a strategic position to cater to our customers needs," said Mr Sanjiv Bhagat, Country General Manager, AT&T Business Solutions.

The Chennai node will be part of AT&T's six new global network nodes being set up around the world. A node is a set of equipment environment, which carries voice and data for a customer. Currently, the Chennai-based clients were being serviced from the Bangalore node.

``India is among the fastest growing markets and one of the two strategic areas in the Asia Pacific; the other being China. The Chennai node will also cater to our fast-growing customers in nearby cities of South India,'' said Mr Greg Brutus, Regional Public Relations Director, AT&T Asia Pacific Group.

AT&T, which has over 350 customers in India, currently has points of presence in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. The Chennai node will also act as a disaster recovery centre for the Bangalore node. The company is looking at the possibility of setting up nodes in Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata.

AT&T has a tie-up with Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd for providing enhanced and managed virtual private network, remote access and international frame relay services in India. The key industry segments using AT&T services are business process outsourcing, software development houses, financial institutions, manufacturing and leasing companies as well as media outlets.

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