Hong Kong-based PCCW Global, who provides the latest voice and data solutions to multi-national enterprises and communication service providers, has reportedly entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Keppel Data Centers Holding to co-develop and market an international carrier exchange in Hong Kong.
Keppel Data Centers is a joint venture between Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) and Keppel Land. It will work in collaboration with PCCW Global, which is the international division of major operator HKT, to complete the carrier exchange. Both PCCW Global and Keppel Data Centers are themselves subsidiaries of Singapore-listed Keppel Corporation.
“We are happy to partner with PCCW Global for our investment into the Hong Kong collocation market, which benefits from the city’s status as a key telecommunications and financial hub, as well as its connectivity to other hubs in Singapore, Amsterdam, London and Sydney,” said Keppel T&T CEO, Thomas Pang about the partnership.
“The expansion of Keppel’s data center footprint to Hong Kong is another step towards creating a data center value ecosystem that goes beyond collocation to providing value-added services and connectivity for our valued clients,” Pang further added.
According to reports, the carrier exchange will be fitted to Tier III specifications in order to ensure uptime of up to 99.982%. Construction of the carrier exchange is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year.
According to Telecom Asia, the new carrier exchange facility will: “offer connectivity-related managed services to facilitate interconnects.” It will be located in the same building as the Hong Kong point of presence for the 100Gbps Asia-Africa-Europe 1 subsea cable, which is also expected to be ready for service in Q4.
In addition, the building will connect to PCCW Global’s backhaul network to link the international carrier exchange to numerous subsea landing stations. This allows for the exchange to be used as a gateway to China.