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Kalaam Telecom, the second largest telecommunications provider for corporate services in Bahrain announces a strategic agreement with Etisalat UAE, by establishing a Point of Presence (PoP) in Etisalat’s SmartHub, the region’s largest capacity, content, internet and data hub in the Middle East. The announcement was made during a special signing ceremony at International Telecoms Week (ITW), the world’s largest meeting for the global wholesale telecommunications community held in Chicago 8-11 May 2016.

Etisalat’s SmartHub is one of the largest central cross connect point for the Middle East. This partnership enables Kalaam to interconnect with various telecom operators, content delivery providers and internet exchanges to accommodate capacities across different regions.

Mr. Veer Passi, Chief Executive Officer – Kalaam Telecom said “SmartHub offers access to terrestrial and submarine cable systems such as ‘The East African Marine system’ (TEAMS), ‘India-Middle East-Western Europe’ (IMEWE), SeaMeWe3, SeaMeWe4, TGN gulf and others to offer a diversified and protected route to extend Kalaam’s network to even more geographical locations.”

He also added: “Joining SmartHub’s ecosystem will strengthen our Global connectivity solutions for enterprise customers by providing them a complete and robust redundant architecture. This new co-location includes a core network node that provides improved Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Ethernet and SDH services carrying traffic from existing carriers at SmartHub to Bahrain and the rest of GCC and Middle East.”

Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Etisalat Carrier and Wholesale Services said: “We are delighted to have Kalaam Telecom join Etisalat’s SmartHub as a member of our growing SmartHub community. Our SmartHub is now a leading regional telecommunications service hub, providing regional connectivity and advanced services to our partners. The continuous flow of partnerships with SmartHub signify Etisalat’s position as a central hub of regional connectivity in the telecom market.

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