PCCW Global and du partner to extend MPLS network coverage to the United Arab Emirates
DUBAI / HONG KONG, February 5, 2008 - PCCW Global Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's premier telecommunications provider, PCCW Limited, today signed a network service agreement to interconnect with du, the second telecommunications services provider in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
PCCW Global and du will assist one another to meet rising demand for international connectivity by linking their networks to address markets in the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Europe and mainland China, as well as Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.
The co-operation to establish a MPLS node in Dubai will extend PCCW Global's global infrastructure into one of the Middle East's key markets, as well as allowing du access to PCCW Global's extensive worldwide network.
du's Chief Executive Officer Osman Sultan affirmed, "The strategic alliance with PCCW Global forms an important cornerstone for us to leverage on and benefit from each other's strengths. As a result of the partnership, our customers will benefit from PCCW Global's MPLS-based global network while our presence in the Gulf will offer enhanced reach to PCCW Global and its customers. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with PCCW Global to offer the best in seamless connectivity to customers."
du's International and Wholesale Executive Vice President Andrew Grenville added, "The enterprise business segment is witnessing healthy growth for connectivity into and out of the UAE. At this stage it is very important for us to choose strong global partners to meet this demand. We are glad to cooperate with PCCW Global to bring a wealth of global experience and offer tremendous synergy to our operations, and choice to our customers".
PCCW Global's Chief Executive Officer Marc Halbfinger said: "We are pleased to expand service coverage via a regional partner such as du to new markets in the Gulf. We are confident that alliances like this will help us achieve our objective of providing superior network service and support. Our relationship with du is part of a strategy to collaborate with quality service providers so that we can work ever closer with our customers to extend their network reach." Interconnections made possible via cooperative relationships with regional and international carriers enable PCCW Global and du to provide simple and cost-effective solutions for the international business community.
du, the new telecommunications company in the UAE, launched mobile telecommunication services on 11 February 2007 across the UAE in addition to internet and pay TV services in some of the free zones of Dubai. Call Select, the first of du's Fixed line services, was launched in July 2007.
Among du's many firsts is its historic Number Booking Campaign for both individuals and business, Pay by the Second billing system, Mobile TV, Mobile Payments, first of its kind 'WoW' recharge card (which offers customers the choice between more credit and more time) and Self Care. du business offers include Closed Business User Group and preferred International Destinations.
du's retail network, currently numbering 16 du shops located in strategic locations across all emirates, was launched on 25 February 2007, supporting the delivery of du services to customers. du is 40 percent owned by the UAE Federal Government, 20 percent by Mubadala Development Company, 20 percent by TECOM Investments and 20 percent by public shareholders. It is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name du.
About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited (SEHK:0008) is the premier telecommunications provider in Hong Kong and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies. As the provider of Hong Kong's first quadruple-play experience, PCCW offers a range of innovative media content and services across four platforms - fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile. In addition, the Company meets the sophisticated needs of the 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, go to www.pccw.com.
About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is a provider of integrated global communications solutions and a wholly-owned operating division of PCCW Limited, the premier telecommunications provider in Hong Kong and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies. With centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US and London in the UK, 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. Reaching 800 cities in 70 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions that include fiber and satellite transmission and International Private Leased Circuits, IP transit, MPLS-VPN, ATM/frame relay and IP telephony, plus capabilities such as hosted PBX solutions.
To learn more about PCCW Global, go to www.pccwglobal.com
For more information, please contact:
Bina Mathews PR Manager, du
Tel: +9714 3693828
Ivan Ho Corporate Communications, PCCW Limited
Tel: +852 2883 8747