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Press Release -- September 3rd, 2014
Source: PCCW
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PCCW Global and Paratus Telecom collaborate to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in Namibia and neighboring countries

Interconnection set to boost business development in Africa for both operators, with PCCW Global also gaining western access to Angola and Zambia

HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG, September 3, 2014 –PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Paratus Telecom of Namibia have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in Namibia and neighboring countries.

The collaboration will provide PCCW Global additional access to the strong developing economies of Angola and Zambia.

The move will also see Paratus Telecom’s Ethernet, voice and IP VPN coverage extended via PCCW Global’s resilient MPLS/IPX network, which reaches over 3,000 cities in more than 130 countries. At the same time, Paratus will benefit from PCCW Global’s direct ownership in the major undersea West African Cable System (WACS).

The interconnection agreement for HD voice and data services will boost general business development in Africa, a significant market for both parties. Paratus Telecom has offices in Namibia, coupled with regional operations in Angola and Zambia, and is now able to offer services to about 40 nations on the African continent, thanks to this new interconnect arrangement with PCCW Global.

Mr. John D’Alton, Paratus Telecom’s Managing Director, said, “This collaboration is an important milestone in the development of our international business, especially for international data and voice services. It will extend coverage of our services beyond Namibia to the rest of the world and vice versa. This relationship further benefits the countries in which we operate, where international carrier products are already showing a trend of higher capacity at lower cost.”

He added, “We have also concluded a voice interconnection agreement, which now extends international coverage for our voice platform, thereby enhancing the power of our 083 national prefix number in Namibia. This benefits voice service end-users, while leveraging the cost advantages of working with a global telecommunications carrier such as PCCW Global.”

In fact, Paratus Telecom’s voice platform will soon be extended into Angola and Zambia, providing direct local access in these countries.

Mr. James Welch, PCCW Global’s Vice President and Head of Sales of EEMEA, said, “This agreement is a critical element of our wider African development plans, building as it does on our many years spent connecting Africa and becoming the pan-African service provider of choice. Voice and data interconnection with Paratus Telecom extends the connectivity we provide into Namibia. In particular, it provides additional routes whereby our MPLS customers can have additional access resilience to Namibia, Angola and Zambia, as well as the rest of Africa, and in doing so we will continue to be focused on providing high quality service.”

He added, “This collaborative working relationship with Paratus Telecom will be beneficial to our customers, as it will ensure that service levels associated with connecting to Namibia and neighboring countries will be further enhanced and consistently maintained.”

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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 communications solutions that cover areas such as Ethernet, IP, fiber and satellite transmission, managed services, international voice and VoIPX.

PCCW Global maintains regional centers in Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the US, UK, France, Belgium, the UAE and South Africa. Please visit www.pccwglobal.com to find out more about PCCW Global.

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public, as well as local and international businesses, with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecoms, mobile, and other telecoms businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting and contact centers.

Together with the highly successful media business of parent company PCCW Limited, HKT offers innovative media content and services via the PCCW Group’s unique quadruple-play platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile.

About Paratus Telecom

Paratus Telecom is a wholly-owned private telecommunications operator with operational offices in Namibia, Angola and Zambia. Paratus Telecom is the first telecommunications operator in Namibia to provide the entire scope of products and services encompassing all aspects of the ICT industry.

It owns a fully Comprehensive Telecommunications Service License allowing not only the privilege of deploying new technologies but also expanding national infrastructure under the obligations of its license awarded by the national regulatory authority.

With innovative leadership and committed employees that are able to capably manage both its services and global network effortlessly, Paratus Telecoms delivers products and services worthy of international standards.

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel:      +852 2883 8747
Email: ivan.wy.ho@pccw.com
Danielle Schmidt
Paratus Telecom
Tel:      +264 83 300 1000
Email: info@paratustelco.com

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