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Batelco Global Expansion Plans in Full Speed

22.12.2015

**With a growing global partnership portfolio, the latest agreement sees Batelco partner with Türk Telekom International**

Manama, Bahrain: Batelco, in keeping with its global expansion plans, has signed a series of agreements with different operators across the world. Türk Telekom International (TTI) now joins Batelco’s diversified portfolio of global partners. Türk Telekom International is a leading telecommunication operator in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, the Middle East and Asia, providing a full range of Internet and data infrastructure, data center and wholesale voice services and solutions.

Batelco stresses the importance of forming strategic partnerships with organizations that share a similar vision, to drive its growth plans forward and provide exceptional value to its customers. The new cooperation with Türk Telecom fits neatly with Batelco’s major plans to expand its global presence and solidify its global data offerings.

Global data connectivity has become a necessity for businesses as operations are increasingly digitized and data intensive. Accordingly, the availability of a resilient and reliable data connection can be considered as a crucial element required by these businesses. The Batelco-Türk Telekom International agreement will meet this demand and further support organizations with their complex world-wide connectivity requirements.

Batelco Chief Global Business Officer Adel Al-Daylami and Türk Telekom International CEO Cengiz Oztelcan signed the agreement in the presence of officials from both organizations recently.

This new partnership will allow the two organizations to access each other’s networks thereby enabling them to extend their reach into newer markets. This will further reinforce Batelco’s positioning, especially in the Middle Eastern and Eurasian regions, and will allow customers and carriers more access and reliability. Similarly, Türk Telekom International will be able to utilize Batelco’s presence to reach its customers in more locations.

"We are continuing with our expansion plans at a very rapid pace," said Mr. Al-Daylami.
"We are looking forward to the partnership with Türk Telekom International and are sure it will open new avenues of cooperation for both our organizations allowing us to provide services at outstanding value," added Mr. Al Daylami.
"Additionally, this partnership is likely to strengthen the Bahraini market as partnerships with well-established operators like Türk Telekom International help Batelco in being a driving force to capture investment opportunities for the Kingdom of Bahrain," he added.

Mr. Oztelcan said, "The new partnership is another milestone in Türk Telekom International‘s history and it further boosts TTI’s geographical expansion into new markets."

"It is our pleasure to partner with a leading company like Batelco which has been scoring tremendous successes in the area of reliable and sustainable connectivity. This partnership will allow both of us to provide world class connectivity through the joint networks," Mr. Oztelcan added.

About Batelco
Batelco Group is headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain and listed on the Bahrain Bourse. Batelco has played a pivotal role in the country's development as a major communications hub and today is the leading integrated communications’ provider, continuing to lead and shape the local consumer market and the enterprise ICT market. Batelco has been growing overseas via investing in other market-leading fixed and wireless operators.

Batelco Group has evolved from being a regional Middle Eastern operation to become a major communications company with direct and indirect investments across 14 geographies, namely Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Maldives, Diego Garcia, St. Helena, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands.

www.batelco.com

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About Türk Telekom International
Türk Telekom International is 100% owned by Türk Telekom and acts as its international business unit handling all international data and wholesale voice business functions. Türk Telekom International provides single account management and unified network operations over the entire Türk Telekom International network which includes 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Middle East and the Caucasus, covering a full range of Internet/data services, infrastructure and wholesale voice services to incumbents, alternative carriers, mobile operators, cable TV companies, Internet service providers and corporate customers. Türk Telekom International offers premium quality telecommunication solutions in the form of: guaranteed SLA-s, local experts, dedicated staff, centralized end-to-end network management, trustworthy and reliable attitude, delivering on commitments, on-time delivery, tailor-made, scalable and cost-effective technical solutions and a proven management team with a full service portfolio. Covering over 40,000 km of fiber optic network and more than 150 interconnections worldwide TTI is one of the most important players for the global telecommunications industry.

www.turktelekomint.com