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Optus and SingTel offer seamless and secure data network across Asia Pacific
05 Nov 2002

Optus and SingTel today announced a multi-million dollar deal with one of the world's leading risk and insurance service firms, Marsh Pty Ltd.

The two-year contract is the first of its kind in Asia Pacific and provides Marsh with a fully managed Internet Protocol - Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) utilising Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology.

The data service, based on Optus' OPI Direct Plus and SingTel's Connect Plus IP-VPN, covers Marsh's operations in Asia, Australia, Fiji, and connection to New Zealand and the United States.

Ken Hall, IT Director, Asia Pacific of Marsh, said the SingTel Group's ability to provide a secure and reliable network that connects Marsh across Asia Pacific was a key element in its decision to partner them.

"We have 33 offices in 13 countries throughout Asia Pacific, and the joint ability of Optus and SingTel to deliver a state-of-the-art fully managed IP network to all the countries where we have a presence made them the obvious choice," Mr Hall said.

Robert Parcell, Director of Optus Business, said that Optus is delighted to partner Marsh and help grow its business across the region.

"The partnership clearly demonstrates Optus' ability to supply seamless solutions to companies that operate beyond Australia," Mr Parcell said.

"Companies should have the flexibility to conduct their business without network complications or security concerns, regardless of whether their offices are located next door, in the next state or another country."

"Optus recognises the importance of providing our customers with secure networks that extend to all corners of Asia Pacific and the world as their businesses are not always limited to Australia."

Wong Soon Nam, SingTel's Vice President of Account Management, said this contract reaffirms SingTel Group's position as the leading telecommunications provider in Asia Pacific.

Mr Wong said, "We take pride in our ability to provide flexible and secure regional network solutions, which will free our corporate customers from getting tied down to a country-specific data network."

"The SingTel Group's investments overseas also gives companies such as Marsh the confidence and peace of mind in dealing with a single, reliable regional telecommunications provider."

In addition to the SingTel and Optus managed data network deal, Optus has signed a $3.2 million two-year contract to manage all Marsh's voice services in Australia.

Media contacts:

Luisa Ford
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 9342 5045

Chia Boon Chong
SingTel Corporate Communications
Tel: (02) 9342 5030

Ken Hall
Marsh Pty Ltd
Tel: (02) 8243 7525

Further information can be found at:
SingTel - www.singtel.com
Marsh - www.marsh.com.au