Sea Fibre Networks (SFN), owner and operator of Europe’s advanced sub-sea telecoms network, CeltixConnect, and Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) today announced the expansion of the METRO2C Alliance extending from Europe to Asia. HGC, the fixed-line operation of Hong Kong listed Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, has integrated its four cross-border routes with mainland China's tier…
Sea Fibre Networks (SFN), owner and operator of Europe’s advanced sub-sea telecoms network, CeltixConnect, and Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) today announced the expansion of the METRO2C Alliance extending from Europe to Asia. HGC, the fixed-line operation of Hong Kong listed Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, has integrated its four cross-border routes with mainland China's tier-one telecommunications operators. This new collaboration provides US and European multinationals and indigenous Irish and UK organisations extensive access to the booming digital markets of Asia-Pacific via a single source.
There are over 2.4 billion Internet users worldwide, 1.1 billion of which are in Asia1. The region is also home to nearly half of the world’s mobile subscribers. These two factors combined with Asia’s thriving IT industry place huge strains on international bandwidth capacities - critical for the continuity of the digital economy between Asia and the rest of the world. By leveraging HGC’s infrastructure, consisting of world class data centres and a robust international network, the METRO2C Alliance creates an express data highway for the rising number of European enterprises seeking to access applications and data from Asia, as well as supplying data and application-intensive services.
Through the METRO2C Alliance and collaboration with its members, HGC expands its service portfolio to cities such as Dublin, the European home to a growing amount of internet based companies, commencing with the delivery of Layer 2 Ethernet service at various speed and IP Transit at speeds of multiple 10GBPS. HGC also delivers a ready-made cloud environment, with co-location services, for customers to manage transmission and storage of massive amounts of data without having to make significant capital investments, lowering total cost of ownership and reducing time to enter the Asian - Pacific market.
Diane Hodnett, CEO of the METRO2C Alliance’s founder Sea Fibre Networks, said: “We are excited to add one of Asia’s most highly renowned services providers, and its global footprint, to the Alliance. This creates a digital artery into the Asia-Pacific region for US and European organisations providing access to some of the world’s most innovative nations. We look forward to working with HGC as it develops its presence in Europe.’
Andrew Kwok, HGC President of International and Carrier Business, said: “We are delighted to join the METRO2C Alliance and expand our footprint to Ireland where many US high-growth technology companies have set up European headquarters. Whether an Asian company is looking to grow its business in Europe, or a US or European business is wanting to expand into Asia-Pacific, as a member of the METRO2C Alliance, HGC now provides the critical underlying infrastructure to make this possible.”
1 Internet World Statistics website, http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
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