First collaboration in APAC to interconnect IPX and MPLS networks via NNI
HKT (SEHK: 6823) HONG KONG – October 14, 2014 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, and PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, have signed a high definition video conferencing (HDVC) interconnect agreement to interconnect the two companies’ IPX and MPLS networks via a Network-to-Network Interface (NNI). This will allow both companies to offer global enterprise customers enhanced network data services and the highest quality HD video conferencing capability.
This bilateral HDVC interconnect agreement is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. It builds on the existing relationship between Tata Communications and PCCW Global, which began with the companies working together to deliver Voice over IPX in 2013. The addition of the MPLS NNI interconnection extends this relationship with expanded network capabilities for data and video, thereby allowing both companies to access each other’s extensive global fiber-based MPLS networks.
PCCW Global and Tata Communications’ respective enterprise customers now have the ability to connect directly in HD video with customers, suppliers and employees around the world through a faster, higher quality data connection. The interconnection will also enable customers of both companies to access a variety of applications (voice, data and video) regardless of their location and have the opportunity to expand their reach globally with increased access to destinations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
Mr. Rangu Salgame, Chief Executive Officer, Growth Ventures & Service Provider Group, Tata Communications, said, “There is a clear shift towards an open ecosystem between telecom providers in the Asia Pacific region. Providers are now aligning and interconnecting their networks so traffic can travel between their networks seamlessly and at the highest possible quality. For service providers and end-users, this means better service, better technology and unprecedented reach. This partnership creates new access routes for enterprise customers making video a daily business tool, boosting the pace of business across the region.”
Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global, said, “Together with Tata Communications, PCCW Global has played a vital role in making HD voice a central part of business communications in Asia Pacific. With our new agreement to interconnect IPX and MPLS via NNI, we have the ability to unlock additional opportunity for businesses both in the region and the world, by making video calling and conferencing a central part of current communications portfolios and by leveraging the extensive coverage capability and quality of service capabilities of IPX.”
The two interconnections between Tata Communications and PCCW Global are based on MPLS Network-to-Network Interface (NNI) and IPX connectivity platform. Underpinning this platform is Tata Communications’ global MPLS network, supported by its wholly-owned fiber optic subsea cable ring around the world, which brings the reach and reliability needed to interconnect mobile service communities globally. Tata Communications is a Tier 1, top five IP carrier with a reach to 74 IPX On-Net PoPs across 40 countries*, ensuring maximum reach for the global community of interconnected MNOs.
PCCW Global provides MPLS, IPX and VoIPX in over 130 countries, making PCCW Global one of the largest IPX providers with the most local access connections worldwide. PCCW Global’s portfolio of services includes an extensive list of global voice destinations and HD Voice over IPX with a high level of quality of service on a wide-reaching MPLS, Ethernet and full IP voice network.
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.
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 Tata Communications
Tata Communications Limited, along with its subsidiaries (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 Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre 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 Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited).
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.
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