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TMCNet:  GetThere Provides More Collaboration Solutions to Business Travelers in Association with Tata Communications

[June 17, 2010]

GetThere Provides More Collaboration Solutions to Business Travelers in Association with Tata Communications

SOUTHLAKE, Texas --(Business Wire)--

GetThere®, the world's leading travel and collaboration management solution, in association with Tata Communications (News - Alert), a leading provider of the new world of communications, today announced that they will team up to provide access to public and private Telepresence (News - Alert) rooms for GetThere's customers looking to meet virtually. The agreement between the two companies advances GetThere's Collaboration offering, providing its customers with access to Tata Communications' network of public Telepresence rooms located around the world.

The new offering meets the growth in demand for virtual meetings as an option for corporate travel programs and business travel plans. Participants in a Telepresence session benefit from life-size, high-definition video and audio quality, providing an immersive experience and giving them the sense that they are in the same room. The overall experience facilitates effective collaboration in a wide variety of interactions, from standard meetings and recruiting interviews to training sessions.

"GetThere customers are increasingly asking us to help them maximize both their travel spend and their investment in collaboration solutions," said Suzanne Neufang, general manager of GetThere. "Through our relationship with Tata Communications, we're able to deliver to our corporate customers and their business travelers a broader set of relevant collaboration alternatives, enabling the selection of both travel and non-travel options depending on the reason for a trip, and allowing them to truly maximize their investments in collaboration products and services. Tata Communications' ever-growing base of public Telepresence rooms around the world makes them a great global partner as we continue to enhance our travel and collaboration solution," she said.

Tata Communications, a leading provider of Telepresence services, was the first to open public Telepresence facilities, enabling customers to harness its immersive technology at a cost-effective, pay-per-use, hourly rate. With their community of partners, the organization currently has the largest network of public rooms and is present in 15 major business centes and emerging markets, including India, Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Africa. Tata Communications expects to have over 30 public Telepresence rooms by the end of 2010.

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Peter Quinlan, director of managed Telepresence services, Tata Communications said: "Tata Communications offers private and public Telepresence rooms that enable companies to boost their productivity and conduct meetings as often as needed, while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint and travel-related costs. The seamless interconnectivity of our Telepresence exchange minimizes distance between people around the world, bringing them together quickly and easily."

"Using Tata Communications' Telepresence services increases the accessibility of businesses beyond their major company offices to a wider ecosystem of users. Users could include customers, suppliers, remote workers and business partners. We are excited to be working with GetThere and look forward to helping them add a new dimension to their clients' managed travel programs," concluded Quinlan.

GetThere and Tata Communications commence pilot tests shortly, with plans for a broader rollout later in 2010.

About GetThere

GetThere is the world's leading travel and collaboration management solution, surpassing $9 billion in annual bookings. GetThere's proven technology and unparalleled global service infrastructure helps corporations collectively save millions in air and hotel costs. Through its unique relationship with Travelocity(R), GetThere provides a familiar online booking experience for travelers of more than 3,000 companies, including a majority of multi-national Fortune 200 firms that deploy online booking. GetThere works with all major global distribution systems (GDS). Companies using GetThere and the Sabre GDS together can optimize efficiency and cost savings across the entire travel procurement process. More information is available at http://www.getthere.com.

Sabre Holdings connects people with the world's greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications' depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel (News - Alert)), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited).

Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)

www.tatacommunications.com


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