London/Abu Dhabi – 15 May 06 -- Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), the major telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and SAVVIS, a leading global provider of managed and outsourced IT services, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, SAVVIS will provide IP VPN connectivity within the UAE to its global customer base. Likewise, Etisalat will serve its growing international blue-chip customer base within the UAE with advanced networking services in Europe, the United States and Asia, through connecting with SAVVIS’ global network.

Etisalat serves more than 4.5 million customers in its home market (1)  and is leading all Arab operators in both international voice circuit capacity and Internet bandwidth capacity, according to a report by leading market research firm, Arab Advisors (2).

The agreement is part of a strategic move by Etisalat to continue to deliver increased value to the business community within the UAE.

Forging new alliances with major international service providers like SAVVIS will enable Etisalat to provide business customers and consumers with leading technologies, increased connectivity and enhanced quality of service in the region.

Etisalat will take advantage of SAVVIS’ IP VPN end-to-end services to enhance international connections and ensure faster, more cost-effective services to customers. By plugging into SAVVIS global network, Etisalat can also provide businesses that rely on real-time data with direct links into major financial hubs such as London and New York.

For SAVVIS, teaming up with a tier-one communications provider will enable the company to expand its global footprint in one of the world’s fastest growing telecoms and technology markets and to ensure that customers with operations in the Middle East have access to the same level and quality of service as those enjoyed by Europe and North America. 

“Etisalat is committed to bringing its customers the latest developments from around the world, and has succeeded in making the UAE a benchmark for the telecommunications industry in the region”, said Essa Al Haddad, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Etisalat. “Working with key international vendors like SAVVIS is a natural extension of our strategic plan to enhance the customer experience and to continue to provide our high-profile customer base with cutting-edge services that exceed their needs.”

“The UAE is an increasingly important market for our global customers, including a number of international banks we serve,” said Richard Warley, Managing Director of EMEA for SAVVIS. “We see the collaboration with Etisalat as an opportunity to further expand our global service offering in a region which is fast becoming a ‘hotbed’ for advanced IT services. Equally, Etisalat will be able to take advantage of SAVVIS’ extensive worldwide footprint to enhance international connections and ensure faster, more cost-effective services to customers in the region.”

1 Etisalat currently has 1.25 million fixed lines and 4.76 million GSM users in its home market
(Source: Etisalat)

2 Arab Advisors Group, International Connectivity in the Arab World Report, March 2005


About Etisalat 
Established in 1976, Etisalat is known as an innovative and reliable provider of telecommunications, Internet and related services in the UAE. The Corporation is ranked by Financial Times as one of the Top 500 companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation, and the sixth largest in the Middle East. Business units and subsidiary companies provide Etisalat and clients with a whole range of services including voice, data, satellite, Internet, IT solutions and consulting, smart card manufacture, data clearing, submarine cables laying and maintenance and related telecommunications services.

For further information on Etisalat, please contact:
Ahmed Bin Ali, Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: 971 2 6182173
Fax: 971 2 6334448

SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a leading global provider of managed and outsourced IT services that focuses exclusively on IT solutions for businesses.  With an IT services platform spanning North America, Europe, and Asia, SAVVIS has over 5,000 enterprise customers and leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network and application services.  These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations.  SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualisation technology, a global network and 25 data centres and automated management and provisioning systems.  For more information about SAVVIS, visit: 

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