UAE-telco ‘du’, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), today announced that it has extended its existing partnership with Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider, to offer end-to-end connectivity between the UAE and major data centres in the US, Europe and Asia. This was announced on the sidelines of Capacity Middle East 2018, being held 6-8 March in Dubai.
Combining the strengths of du and Epsilon will create a simple, effective and seamless ‘one stop shop’ for capacity and backhaul services, allowing cost-effective access to datamena – an EITC entity, and the UAE Internet Exchange (UAE-IX) from global data centres. Carriers, Enterprises, Content and Cloud Providers will be able to take advantage of the Infiny by Epsilon on-demand connectivity platform, which allows click-to-connect provisioning of Ethernet speeds from 100M up to 5G.
In addition, Epsilon will also provide STM1, STM4 & STM16 capacity. As part of the agreement, Epsilon will act as the global sales channel for the partnership.
Epsilon has had a long and successful relationship with du. In early 2016, Epsilon deployed its infrastructure in EITC’s datamena colocation facility enabling it to bring its services closer to its partners in the Middle East. In 2017, du partnered with Epsilon to deploy the "Infiny by Epsilon" on-demand connectivity platform to connect its enterprise customers to world-leading Cloud service providers via its online portal and APIs.
"This commercial partnership seamlessly connects datamena in the UAE to all major data centres in the USA, Europe and Asia. Epsilon has over 500 Carriers connected to its network who can now manage their connectivity requirements to datamena via Epsilon’s online provisioning portal. This will significantly reduce the current lead time to provision capacities and further enhance the customer experience in datamena,” said Ananda Bose, Chief Wholesale & Corporate Affairs Officer, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company. "We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Epsilon to jointly serve our customers and grow together locally, regionally and around the world," he added.
"du’s colocation facility, subsea and terrestrial capacities together with Epsilon’s Infiny platform and network reach, will allow us to offer Enterprises, Carriers, Cloud & Content providers the simplest and most efficient way to connect sub 10G network services to the Middle East," said Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO at Epsilon. "Through a single relationship with us, and in partnership with du, customers are able to leverage our extensive network reach, local expertise, experience and relationships to gain fast and efficient connection between the USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
du is a vibrant and multiple award-winning telecommunications service provider serving 9 million individual customers with its mobile, fixedline, broadband internet, and Home services over its 4G LTE network. du also caters to over 100,000 UAE businesses with its vast range of ICT and managed services. Since its launch in 2007, du has many UAE firsts to its credit, including introduction of Pay by the Second® billing system, IPTV and self-service portal.
du is ideally placed to support the realisation of UAE Vision 2021 and transformation of Dubai into a Smart City. du is also the official strategic partner of the Smart Dubai Office and the platform provider for Smart Dubai. Following the successful testing of the Middle East’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network, du is on course to complete deployment of its IoT network in 2016.
Brand Finance ranked du as the 12th most valuable brand in the Middle East in 2016. du previously won the coveted Brand of the year title by Superbrands Middle East in 2013. The company has been recognised with several other awards such as ISO 27001 certification of Managed Security Services and having the distinction of opening UAE’s first LEED Platinum Certified Green Shop. du also has the unique distinction of the first telecom in the world to release Sustainability Report based on GRI-G4 guidelines in 2014. du is also credited with du’s world-class teleport is the largest of its kind in the Middle East and ranked among the top teleports in the world by World teleport Association.
du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 19.75 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining by public shareholders. Listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the company trades under the name ‘du’.