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NASSCOM, BPAP sign India's first ever MoU over Telepresence using Publicly Available Telepresence

August 26, 2009 | Howard Lichtman
NASSCOM, BPAP sign India's first ever MoU over Telepresence
using Tata Communications', PLDT facilities


Mumbai, Manila, August 26, 2009:  For the first time in India, an MoU has been signed over Telepresence. Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, has facilitated the signing of an MoU between NASSCOM (National Association of Software Services Companies) and BPAP (Business Processing Association of Philippines) by leveraging Tata Communications' Public Room Telepresence service at Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Mumbai, India and PLDT's (Philippines Long Distance Telephony Company) recently launched Public Room Telepresence service in Manila, connected to Tata Communications Global Telepresence Exchange.The agreement represents NASSCOM and BPAP's commitment to promote co-operation between the two industry bodies in the off-shoring and outsourcing industries in both countries.  

Telepresence offers life-like, high-definition-conferencing facilities with superior, audio, video and environmental qualities that create the impression of a meeting that is being held across geographies of being held in the same room. Telepresence offers cost, time and environmental savings to organizations combined with convenience for the users. The opening of Manila Telepresence public room will help promote collaboration and commerce between the IT & ITES industry of India and Philippines by enabling Telepresence sessions from the Tata Communications network of public rooms in India and Manila.

During the signing ceremony,  Som Mittal, President, President, NASSCOM said, "With this partnership with BPAP, I look forward to further strengthen the Outsourcing & Offshoring Industry relationship between India & Philippines. More and more Indian companies are now setting up presence in the Philippines and Telepresence will now facilitate virtual business meetings between Indian IT & BPO companies with their counterparts in  Philippines."   

Speaking from Manila, Oscar Sanez, CEO and President of BPA/P, said, "We are extremely pleased to collaborate with NASSCOM. India is the world's largest BPO market and the market in the Philippines is growing rapidly. Hence, with this association with NASSCOM, we look forward to working with India and mutually grow each others opportunity in the outsourcing market. I thank Tata Communications and PLDT to have made the virtual signing possible."  

Speaking on the association, Mr. Eric R. Alberto, Senior Vice President and Customer Sales and Marketing Group Head of PLDT, shares, "We are glad to partner with Tata Communications. Such synergy of two valued companies - the leading telecommunications service provider in the Philippines, PLDT, and the first global service provider actively pursuing worldwide deployment of public Telepresence rooms, Tata - is essential in launching the first public Telepresence room in Asia Pacific".   

Mr. Sunil Joshi, President - India & Emerging Markets ,Tata Communications said, "Tata Communications launched the world's first public Telepresence rooms in 2008 as we believe in the application of technology for global businesses. We continue to fulfil our commitment to expand our network of rooms around the world through our direct investments and in collaboration with our network of partners, such as PLDT. Public Telepresence extends the accessibility of the collaborative capabilities of Telepresence to business' wider ecosystem of users, including customers, suppliers, remote workers and business partners. We and our partner PLDT welcome NASSCOM and BPAP to our network of Public Telepresence rooms and look forward to helping them facilitate and accelerate the growth of the BPO industry across India and the Philippines, and across the globe.  We are delighted to have an opportunity to work with and support NASSCOM and BPAP".

Tata Communications currently has 8 operational public rooms in India - Mumbai, Bangalore (2), Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Gurgaon; London and Boston, and now, Manila.

Tata Communications is a market-leader in providing of managed Telepresence services to its customers globally and is uniquely positioned by virtue of its comprehensive Telepresence network offering hosted and managed service within private networks, between the public rooms and across multiple networks through a global telepresence exchange.  Tata Communications is expanding its global network of rooms by partnering with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts for public rooms worldwide and will launch its global Telepresence exchange thereby enabling carrier-neutral Telepresence meetings across private networks, business-to-business and business-to-public rooms. Other initiatives will further strengthen their Telepresence leadership across the world. European CEO Magazine named Tata Communications the Best Managed Telepresence Service Provider of the Year.

For further information on Tata Communications Telepresence Services  visit

About PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company)


Founded on November 28, 1928, Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) is the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines. Through its three principal business groups - fixed line, wireless, and information and communication technology - PLDT offers the largest and most diversified range of telecommunications services across the Philippines' most extensive fiber optic backbone and fixed line, cellular and satellite networks.

PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI). PLDT has one of the largest market capitalizations among Philippine-listed companies.


NASSCOMĀ® is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPO industries in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1200 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM's member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software development, software services, software products, consulting services, BPO services, e-commerce & web services, engineering services offshoring and animation and gaming. NASSCOM's membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs over 2.24 million professionals.

About BPAP (Business Processing Association of the Philippines)

The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) is the umbrella organization for the fastest-growing industry in the Philippines: offshoring and outsourcing (O&O). BPAP serves as the one-stop information and advocacy gateway for the country's key O&O services sector and has over 200 company members, including 5 association members.

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications.  With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.
The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.
Tata Communications' depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited), and subject to approval by the Chinese government, China (China Enterprise Communications)
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)

Forward-looking and cautionary statements
Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata Communications' expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of Tata Communications' operations, and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications' network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company's communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications' industry; and, in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata Communications' control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Tata Communications' various filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, updates or alters its forward-looking statements.


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