Reliance Communications' subsidiary FLAG Telecom Group (FLAG), announced on Tuesday it had signed a five-year agreement with UK-based Virtual Network Operator (VNO) Vanco, which would enable its under-sea cable-based company reach across to customers in 81 more countries, taking its network to 100 countries.
Under the strategic alliance, Vanco will also benefit by access to FLAG's global service capability across India and the Middle East.
A Virtual Network Operator (VNO) is a network operator that does not own its own network infrastructure. Instead, VNOs have business arrangements with incumbent operators to offer services to their own customers.
"Our customers will benefit from FLAG's strong coverage, especially into India and the Middle East, which are among the fastest growing markets in the world," said Allen Timpany, Vanco's chief executive. Vanco's virtual network will provide FLAG multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) technology which is a versatile solution to address the problems faced by present-day networks.