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Tata Communications / TPEX and the Westin Tokyo provide free Telepresence for the Japanese community affected by the earthquake

Tokio / Amsterdam, 16 March 2011 – Tokyo, 16 March 2011

In light of the current situation in Japan, Tata Communications and the Westin Tokyo are committing their resources to support the community, by offering free use of their Telepresence facilities from Japan.

Consumers and businesses with a critical face-to-face communication need will have free-of-charge access to the high-definition video conferencing room in order to stay connected to friends, family or business counterparts across the globe. Tata Communications’ Telepresence room in Tokyo is connected to its global network of 33 public rooms, located within all major cities worldwide.

Customers wishing to book a one hour Telepresence session should submit their requests stating the dates, times and room locations to TPRM.Public@tatacommunications.com. Bookings will be made in conjunction with Tata Communications’ global partners supporting this initiative including: Select Starwood rooms, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Neotel, PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company), Telepresence Exchange Europe (TPEX), FastTelco and Safaricom.

For the Netherlands the connection with the TATA network are managed by TPEX. TPEX, which is the TelePresence Exchange Europe and manages her own network of Telepresence systems across Europe. This network is linked international with TATA which makes it easy to connect with Westin in Tokyo.

Robert Rosier, CEO of TPEX supports the initiative for the full 100 percent: “When we were approached by TATA we didn’t doubt for a second; off course we support this initiative and offer the usage of our systems free of charge. This way we might be able to ease the pain somewhat. For sure the facts that people don’t know how family or friends are doing sometimes is unbearable. One can mail, chat or phone, but seeing is something different and much more reassuring. Furthermore a significant part of the infrastructure is damaged or even destroyed and this way companies still can keep some communication in working”.

Tata Communications’ public Telepresence rooms are present across five continents, covering 17 countries including the USA, Canada, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, India, The Philippines, Singapore, Japan and Australia.