Hutchison enhances presence in Middle East and Africa telecom market


Hutchison Global Communications, the fixed-line operating
division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings, has extended
network reach to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and established an enhanced
presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).


HGC’s customer base in the GMS has increased in size,
while the volume of the company’s voice traffic from EMEA doubled in the first
quarter of 2011 compared with the same period last year.


HGC’s fully-fledged network and data services were
extended to the GMS in January 2010 and now serve the Subregion’s carriers, as
well as overseas carriers and enterprises, with extensive and highly-resilient
connectivity that links five GMS member countries -Vietnam, Thailand, Laos,
Cambodia and Myanmar.


The GMS networks
offers full diversity via at least two routes between each GMS network
connection point and other destinations. It deploys both submarine and
terrestrial cables on multiple physical paths.


These are connected to HGC’s core global network to
provide diverse routes from the GMS to Asia, Europe and the US, as well as to
facilitate interconnections throughout Subregion nations.


HGC’s spectrum of business customers in the GMS has
widened, mainly as a result of the company’s ability to meet the
upwardly-surging needs of corporate customers seeking to benefit from the
Subregion’s rapid economic growth.


These include multinational corporations such as
manufacturing giants, banking and financial institutions, telecoms operators,
news agencies, as well as small and medium enterprises.


As the first overseas network operator to provide
intra-GMS connectivity characterised by the provision of one-stop-shop
solutions, total network diversity and stringent service level agreements,
together with connection between the Subregion and rest of the world we not
only enjoy first-mover advantage, but also a higher profit margin as telecoms
solutions delivered in unserved and underserved new markets fetch a higher
premium compared with those in developed markets,” said Andrew Kwok, senior
vice president, International Business, HGC.


HGC ventured into the GMS in 2004, with the design and
project management of the world’s first terrestrial cable connectivity between
Vietnam and Hong Kong via mainland China, before proceeding to provide
Myanmar’s first IP-VPN service in 2008.


Network reach has since been extended to other parts of
the Subregion. The Company has established local offices in the GMS to provide
timely support based on homegrown talent and know-how backed by stringent
service level agreements to meet customers’ increasingly sophisticated


In a move to serve the international connectivity needs
of Chinese enterprises and other Asian companies as they go global, HGC
strengthened its business presence in EMEA by establishing an office in London
last December. This has enhanced network connectivity between Asia and Europe
and extends the Company’s reach into the Middle East and Africa.


HGC’s business reach of EMEA now includes major African
nations such as Egypt and Kenya, as well as Dubai in the Middle East plus
Hungary and Scotland in Europe. This enhanced regional presence led to a
doubling of the company’s volume of voice traffic from EMEA for the first
quarter of 2011 compared with the corresponding period last year.


“We expect the volume of voice traffic in EMEA to
account for approximately one-third of our total voice traffic this year, with
the key driver of growth in EMEA being Europe. From a data perspective, we plan
to establish new points-of-presence (PoPs) in the region during the second half
of 2011 in order to deliver diverse telecoms solutions, especially as more
cities in Africa are switching from satellite to fibre connectivity,” Kwok


HGC is able to offer multiple gigabits of capacity on
Hong Kong westbound routes, as well as transpacific and transatlantic cable
systems on Hong Kong eastbound routes, to provide diverse network connectivity
between Asia and Europe via its PoP in London. The company’s highly-meshed
global network architecture and extensive bandwidth scalability attracted new
clients and broadened its EMEA customer base.


By Team
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