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TeliaSonera renews Blizzard deal

Companies agree to new two-year IP transit deal in the build-up to StarCraft II launch

TeliaSonera has announced that it has agreed a new two-year deal with Blizzard Entertainment to provide networking services for the World of Warcraft developer.

The deal continues the partnership between the companies which first began in 1999, and has seen the carrier handle connectivity for World of Warcraft and the Battle.net service in Europe.

"Customers are in pursuit of the best online gaming experience, and we are aware of the diverse nature of their needs and priorities," said Brendan Ives, VP and head of international sales at TeliaSonera International Carrier. "We are striving to provide complete solutions for our customers, enabling the best gaming experience possible, as we look to become the provider of choice to the online gaming industry."

And Paul Sams, COO at Blizzard, adeded: "For years, TeliaSonera has been providing high-quality, low-latency connectivity, helping us deliver great online-gaming experiences to our players across Europe.

"As we prepare for the upcoming launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the new Battle.net, we're pleased to be working with a carrier that can provide the speed and reliability our European players expect."

StarCraft II is set for release late next month - for more information on the development of that game, check out our recent interview with executive VP Frank Pearce.

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