Bahraini telecoms group Batelco and Chinese equipment provider Huawei Technologies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during the Bahrain-China Business Forum in Beijing, China, reports CommsMEA. The pair said the agreement will further strengthen their cooperative relationship, and open new prospects for further cooperation between the two companies globally, although no further details of the scope of the MoU were publicised. Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, chairman of Batelco, said: ‘Huawei has been a key partner in providing Batelco with innovative telecommunications solutions over the past few years and we appreciate their invaluable contribution towards our successful delivery of key services for our customers.’
Also this week, Batelco has established direct interconnection with Epsilon’s Global Network Exchanges in London and Paris, helping it expand its global services across Europe. The deal allows Epsilon to offer its customers network connectivity to the Middle East via Batelco’s pre-connected network, while Batelco’s customers can access Epsilon’s 500-plus pre-connected network operators around the world. Batelco has invested in deploying Points of Presence (PoPs) in Europe by acquiring high capacity redundant links, allowing it to extend its portfolio of global services such as global Ethernet (EPL, EVPL, VPLS) and global MPLS (Layer 2 and 3) from anywhere in the region to Europe and the USA, improving services to its customers requiring connectivity to and from the Middle East.