Asia Netcom has inked a deal with CITIC's value-added telecommunication services subsidiary China Entercom.

Under the scope of the agreement, Asia Netcom and China Entercom have interconnected their respective Multi-Protocol Label Switching infrastructures, and have completed all the necessary technical and operational preparations to support customers across the two networks. Asia Netcom and China Entercom will offer IP VPN services with five Class-of-Service options across their respective infrastructure. CoS subscriptions will be mapped seamlessly across the two networks and enable corporations to subscribe to different service levels that match their application requirements.

"As China strengthens its part in the global economy — both as a source of manufacturing and outsourcing services as well as one of the world's largest consumer markets, it is becoming paramount for multinational corporations to establish infrastructure in the country," said Lily Zhang, Asia Netcom's vice president and country manager for China. "At the same time, the rapid addition of new facilities as well as the introduction of more sophisticated applications such as voice, now require a new generation of network solutions — MPLS IP VPNs."

China Entercom operates a nationwide MPLS infrastructure consisting of a core backbone with dual PoP redundancy connecting Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. China Entercom has also established MPLS access PoPs in major industrial centers across China, with service coverage extending to over 347 cities.

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