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Telstra extends its global footprint

Enters key Asian markets

Telstra has taken a step closer to its aims of extending its global footprint by having successfully secured new operating licences in Singapore and Japan.

This would allow the telco service provider to own infrastructure facilities and be directly responsible for services delivered to customers locally in both countries.

According to Telstra International Group (TIG) group managing director, Tarek Robbiati, these developments allow the company to recognise synergies and control assets gained following the restructure and will benefit international customers with multi-country operations in Asia. In Singapore, Telstra has secured the Facilities Based Operator (FBO) licence, offered by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), to possess and run telecommunications infrastructure such as voice and data networks, systems and facilities locally.

It also enables Telstra to build a framework that supports its plans for new cable submarine capacity to Singapore.

In Japan, Telstra Japan K.K. has been approved by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (the "MIC") for the Registration Type licence.

It allows Telstra to own and operate large scale telecoms circuits and facilities in the various cities in Japan, as well as products and services delivered over those facilities and networks. According to the company, the expansion follows its recent award of three licences to provide customers in India with international long-distance telecommunications and ISP services.

In India, Telstra will begin with services in seven cities -- Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune -- aiming to offer customers with a resilient, cost effective and flexible network personalised to suit individual business needs within the next six months.

Mumbai and Chennai will serve as Telstra's Indian international gateways, which connect it internationally, providing customers with direct routes into networks in Europe and Asia.

"Customers will enjoy access to a more comprehensive suite of connectivity and managed services, better network performance, complete monitoring, local contract billing capabilities, and in-country service centre support," Robbiati said.

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