HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG, March 25, 2015 – PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Ooredoo, Qatar’s incumbent telecoms provider and one of the industry’s largest multinational operators, have signed an IPX/MPLS multi-service interconnection agreement.
PCCW Global customers all over the world can now enjoy multiple enhanced IPX (IP eXchange) and MPLS services when connecting with Qatar’s thriving commercial service community on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
The interconnect agreement also enables PCCW Global and Ooredoo to collaborate in the provisioning of services to carrier and multinational customers requiring services such as VoIPX, GRX, Diameter, HD calling, HD video conferencing, Ethernet, cloud and SDN.
IPX provides a unified network platform for connecting IP services between mobile and fixed networks, while MPLS has become the de facto standard technology used for the transport of these services. PCCW Global’s networks span over five continents worldwide and customers in more than 3,000 cities and some 140 countries can connect to its IPX platform, which also provides multiple services such as video, voice and IT applications via a single interconnection point.
Mr. Frederick Chui, PCCW Global’s Senior Vice President of Global Data Sales and Presales, said, “Our IPX network can be directly accessed in 140 countries around the world without having to make use of the public Internet or long-distance connections. Extensive coverage, coupled with the diversified design of PCCW Global’s private MPLS/IP network, ensures direct connection to our IPX voice platform and the highest quality services.”
Qatar is one of the world’s economic hotspots, with an expected 2015 growth rate of 7.7%*. Drivers include a combination of factors in addition to the hydrocarbon industry, such as heavy investment in major infrastructure projects.
Mr. Navneet Singh, Ooredoo’s Head of Global Capacity and Data Service, said, “We are very pleased to be entering into this multi-service interconnection agreement with PCCW Global, which is a respected global industry player. The main beneficiaries, of course, will be the customers served by Ooredoo and PCCW Global.”
The two companies are already collaborating as founder members of the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system, scheduled for completion in 2016. Supporting PCCW Global’s plans to deliver services into Africa and the Middle East, AAE-1 is one of the largest consortium cable projects under way in the world today, extending some 25,000kms.
AAE-1 will be a major high-capacity cable system to link all the major Southeast Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East, and reflects PCCW Global’s strategy of investing in smarter networks to achieve greater efficiency. The system will also support growth in cloud computing, as well as the content-delivery network business currently being driven by PCCW Global’s strong presence in servicing the needs of the media industry.
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*The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatar.
About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 140 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, international voice and VoIPX services.
PCCW Global maintains regional centers in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Greece, France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.
HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.
Together with the highly successful media business of its parent company, PCCW Limited, HKT offers innovative media content and services across the PCCW Group’s unique quadruple-play platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile.