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Press Release -- April 14th, 2014
Source: PCCW
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PCCW Global enables Telecom Namibia’s first international MPLS interconnect service

PCCW Global can now provide international customers with greater local access to the Southern African Development Community region

HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG / WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA –– APRIL 14, 2014 – PCCW Global, the Hong Kong-headquartered international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, has signed a MPLS interconnection agreement that will enhance Telecom Namibia’s international network coverage and service offerings to the benefit of both companies. Telecom Namibia is the incumbent telecommunications operator and wholly-owned by the Government of the Republic of Namibia.

The agreement will see Telecom Namibia’s Ethernet and IP VPN service coverage extended to meet the needs of its overseas and regional customers via PCCW Global’s robust and resilient MPLS network, which covers more than 3,000 cities in over 130 countries throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Mr. Ernst Nitschke, Telecom Namibia’s Head of International and Wholesale services, said, “This co-operation is one of the important milestones to date in our quest to develop our international business, particularly with regard to international data services. The relationship with PCCW Global allows us to extend the coverage of our services from Namibia to the rest of the world, and we will in turn facilitate like access in Namibia to PCCW Global.”

As a customer-centric service provider committed to meeting the increasing demand for advanced services from its home market, Telecom Namibia delivers voice, text, data and video solutions via the country’s largest digital telecommunications network.

The collaboration with Telecom Namibia will also enable PCCW Global to provide international customers with greater local access beyond Namibia, with extended coverage to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. SADC aims to achieve economic growth and the alleviation of poverty throughout 15 southern African states by promoting regional integration and sustainable development.

PCCW Global has been expanding in Africa for many years and is an investor in the new West Africa Cable System (WACS) which links South Africa to the UK via 14 African countries and important economic hubs along Africa’s west coast. As one of the carriers connected to WACS, Telecom Namibia will now be able to offer an international MPLS interconnect service following its agreement with PCCW Global.

Mr. James Welch, PCCW Global's Vice President and Head of Sales of EEMEA, said, “We are very pleased to work with Telecom Namibia and enhance our local coverage in one of the most important countries on Africa’s west coast. Our co-operation with Telecom Namibia, which is built on a long and fruitful relationship stretching back more than 10 years, will yield significant benefits for both companies, and will also open up new opportunities in the African market.”

In January, PCCW Global announced that it will collaborate with 16 other prominent service providers to construct the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system, which will interconnect Hong Kong, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. AAE-1 will be the first high-capacity system to link all of the leading Southeast Asian nations with Africa and Europe via the Middle East, thereby supporting unprecedented Asia-Africa trade growth.

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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 130 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, France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.  To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com

About HKT

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.

About Telecom Namibia

Telecom Namibia is the only integrated telecommunications solutions provider operating in the country, with a transmission network that is 100% digital. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of communication services and solutions in broadband, data and voice over fixed, fixed-wireless and mobile platforms.

The company also offers long distance, fixed-to-other operators and international voice services, interconnection services which include hubbing communications services and international voice over Internet protocol services, subscription based value-added voice services and customer premises equipment rental and sales. Data and Internet services, including domestic and international data transmission services, such as point to point leased lines, ADSL services, managed packet-based services and 3G and 4G LTE data services, managed data networking services and Internet access and related information technology services. The company places emphasis on continuing customer service quality enhancements and innovations.

To learn more about Telecom Namibia, please visit www.telecom.na

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel:      +852 2883 8747
Email: ivan.wy.ho@pccw.com

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