PCCW Global and PTCL sign MPLS Inter-Carrier Interconnection agreement
HONG KONG/ISLAMABAD, June 8, 2010 – PCCW Global Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider, PCCW Limited, and Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (“PTCL”), Pakistan’s leading national carrier, have signed a MPLS Inter-Carrier Interconnection (“ICI”) agreement to strengthen each other’s network coverage and service availability.
PCCW Global and PTCL will cooperate to provide high quality and cost-effective global network solutions to meet the increasing demands for international connectivity.
PCCW Global is PTCL’s first ICI partner for MPLS services worldwide. PCCW Global’s expertise in international connectivity will combine with PTCL’s strong regional presence to create extended coverage capability for both operators. PCCW Global will be able to provide seamless connectivity into Pakistan, and PTCL will be able to utilize PCCW Global’s infrastructure to satisfy requirements in more than 100 countries worldwide.
PCCW Global Chief Executive Office, Mr. Marc Halbfinger, said, “PTCL is a premier service provider with one of the most advanced networks in the Middle East. We are confident our new partnership with PTCL will enhance our service coverage as we continue to provide our customers with high quality integrated global communications solutions.”
PTCL Senior Executive Vice President, Mr. Naveed Saeed, said, “Our new partnership with PCCW Global will expand our global MPLS network coverage and allow for easy integration with local network services to meet our customers’ international network requirements.”
About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited (SEHK:0008) is the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies. PCCW also holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and overseas investments including the wholly-owned UK Broadband Limited.
As the provider of Hong Kong’s first quadruple-play experience, PCCW/HKT offers a range of innovative media content and services across four platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile. In addition, the Group meets the sophisticated needs of the local and international business community, while supporting network operators with cutting-edge technical services and handling large-scale IT outsourcing projects for public and private sector organizations. To learn more about PCCW and HKT, please visit www.pccw.com.
About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is an operating division of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited and holds the PCCW Group’s telecoms services, media and IT solutions businesses. PCCW/HKT is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information & Communications Technologies.
With centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, London in the UK, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, plus teams covering the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, PCCW Global serves the voice and data needs of multinational enterprises, as well as the operational requirements of service providers. Covering more than 1,100 cities and 100 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include IP solutions, transmission solutions including fiber and satellite, managed services and solutions, and voice services. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.
PTCL (www.ptcl.com.pk) is the incumbent fixed line operator providing premium quality with maximum outreach. We support both VoIP and TDM through our gateways and soft switches. PTCL owns more than 20,000Km optical fiber (OFC) network connecting 1062 cities/towns which are providing voice, data and video services. PTCL is member of SMW3, SMW4 & IMEWE consortiums. We have both OFC (Optical Fibre Cable) and Digital Microwave connectivity with Afghan Operators. PTCL also has terrestrial OFC connectivity with all the Operators in India as well. We are also among the founding members of INTELSAT and provide Satellite based service including VSAT to our customers
PTCL is successfully maintaining its leadership position in domestic telecommunication market with 23.5 Million LL /WLL/GSM subscribers. We provide Broadband, IPTV and Telepresence, and host of other value added services. Being an incumbent operator, PTCL is the provider of local loop and last mile for fixed network in Pakistan, assuring highest quality of voice termination in the country. The established inter-operator arrangement with all the licensed operators within Pakistan ensures that PTCL is capable of terminating Pakistan’s mobile traffic with the highest quality and clarity. PTCL has direct connections with more than 110 carriers in 44 countries, both via TDM and VoIP. They are connected via submarine cables, land cables, satellites and microwave links.
Designated to fulfill the demands of privately owned secure global networks with dispersed locations, PTCL IPLC is a dedicated point to point leased service between your various business premises around the world, providing a reliable platform for global private networks. PTCL’s IPLC offers high speed dedicated digital connections not only from Pakistan to the world, but also links one country to another via PTCL’s vital submarine cable systems. PTCL is also able to provide the IPLC service via satellite to regions of the world unreachable by fiber optic cable systems. PTCL is a key player in Extending Bandwidth Services to Afghanistan.
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Imran Bukhari, Executive Vice President, International Business Relations, PTCL (front row left) and Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global (front row right) signed the ICI agreement