PCCW Global and Tata Communications bring Voice over IPX and HD voice to mobile operators worldwide
HKT (SEHK:6823) HONG KONG / MUMBAI (BSE & NSE)
September 12, 2013 – PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, have signed an agreement to interconnect their IPX (IP-Exchange) communities. This will enable IP communications services such as HD voice and HD video in various global markets. As 4G adoption continues to gather pace, this agreement further expands the global community of interconnected mobile network operators (MNOs) who will be able to capitalize on the latest technology innovations in mobile broadband.
With the deployment of 4G and upgrades of 3G networks, next generation mobile IP communications services such as HD Voice are gaining traction. A recent GSA report* noted that the number of mobile operators now providing HD voice service is up 84 per cent in comparison to last year, with 83 mobile networks having launched HD Voice in 61 countries. By tapping into the worldwide networks of Tata Communications and PCCW Global, MNOs in emerging markets will be able to expand their IPX reach and Quality of Service (QoS) while delivering a seamless experience for mobile users of all IP-based communications services.
Mr. Christian Michaud, Senior Vice President of Product and Business Strategy, Global Voice Solutions, Tata Communications, said, “As we see more mobile operators introducing next generation IP-based communication services, global IP interconnectivity between networks is vital to delivering the highest quality end-to-end service experience. Through our latest IPX peering agreement with PCCW Global, we continue to expand our global community of interconnected mobile operators across Asia and Africa, providing the broadest global reach across emerging markets.”
The interconnection between Tata Communications and PCCW Global is based on Tata Communications’ 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. The company 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.
Ms. Ronnie Klingner, President of Voice Solutions, PCCW Global, said, “We have been one of the pioneers of next generation IP-based networks, which enable us to deliver improved voice quality and greater cost efficiencies to our customers via Voice over IPX (VoIPX). The collaboration with Tata Communications further extends the coverage of our existing 40 direct VoIPX mobile networks.”
PCCW Global provides IPX and VoIPX to 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 QoS on a wide-reaching MPLS, Ethernet and full IP voice network. PCCW Global is continuously expanding its services into new and exciting markets and developing its business into remote locations in the world with carrier interconnects for MPLS and Ethernet reaching more than 3,000 locations.
Tata Communications’ IPX+ connectivity platform supports multiple services across networks using integrated access to multiple data transport options over a converged IP network. It supports a combination of services, including VoIPX, LTE™ roaming over IPX, messaging and video and brings scalability, flexibility, QoS, and security as required by the service or application. This drives network efficiency and cost reduction, ultimately enhancing the customer experience and enabling faster time-to-market for next generation communication services.
* GSA: Mobile HD Voice: Global update report (August 13 2013)
About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is an 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, and Voice over IPX (VoIPX) services.
PCCW Global runs regional centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, Paris in France, London in the United Kingdom, Johannesburg in South Africa, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Beijing in China, Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in Korea, Singapore, while our team maintains presence in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
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.
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 strategic investments in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited).
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.
Forward-looking and cautionary statements
Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata Communications’ expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of Tata Communications’ operations, and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications’ network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company’s communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications’ industry; and, in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata Communications’ control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Tata Communications’ various filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov.
Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.
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