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Bharti deploys hybrid networking technology



From left: The President of Bharti Infotel Limited, Badri Agarwal, and the President of Cisco Systems India & SAARC, Rangu Salgame, along with Bharti's senior officials, Rajiv Sharma and Jagbir Singh, with the model of the networking in New Delhi on Wednesday. — Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

NEW DELHI, APRIL 14. Bharti Infotel, which provides fixed line, long distance, data and corporate solutions, said today it has deployed Internet Protocol-based MPLS backbone network solutions from Cisco, which would allow it to offer new services and solutions.

Bharti Infotel has deployed an IP-based Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone solution, which helps in provisioning several revenue generating services like bandwidth on demand, managed services and intelligent routing of voice, data and other traffic.

"The company has invested about Rs. 15 crores on MPLS,'' Badri Agarwal, President of Bharti Infotel Ltd., said here.

The Data and Broadband Group of Bharti Infotel would be marketing these new revenue-generating services to enterprises, corporates and other service providers.

The company is already talking to public sector banks and the Income-tax Department for the solutions.

"With the advent of globalisation, there is an incessant demand from Indian enterprises to access world-class services such as VPN, bandwidth on demand and managed networks. The challenge for service providers like Bharti is to make these services available at a reduced total cost of ownership,'' Mr. Agarwal said.

To address this, he said, the company had opted for industry leading IP-based MPLS solution from Cisco.

In simple terms, MPLS technology gears up the IP backbone to support business applications by combining high-speed performance with security and scalability.

MPLS-powered networks offer advantages like point-to- multipoint connectivity using one single link from customer premises to Bharti's network; multiple services delivered on the same link, and bandwidth on demand.

Bharti's Data and Broadband Group now has the top 500 corporates in the country as its customers including players in business process outsourcing, FMCG and media and entertainment sectors.

Rangu Salgame, President, Cisco Systems (India and SAARC), said end-to-end solution would deliver significant operational and capital cost savings to Bharti Infotel and would enable the company to offer value-added services to address their corporate customers' demands.

PTI

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