Etisalat, PCCW Global expand co-operation

Hong Kong partner to install PoP in UAE telco’s SmartHub

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Etisalat, PCCW Global expand co-operation Ali Amiri Etisalat and Marc Halbfinger PCCW Global.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 12, 2013

PCCW Global, an operating division of Hong Kong-based HKT, and Etisalat have announced an expanded collaboration to maximise large traffic capacity through Etisalat's UAE-based SmartHub, following their MPLS and Ethernet interconnection agreement.

SmartHub is the transit hub for the Middle East region and intercontinental cable systems. It provides divert connectivity by connecting submarine cable network infrastructures including the Regional Cable Network (RCN), The East African Marine System (TEAMS), India Middle East Western Europe (IMEWE), SeaMeWe3, SeaMeWe4, the TGN Gulf, and others.

PCCW Global will install a Point of Presence (PoP) in Smarthub to increase capacity co-operation with Etisalat in the region. Through this collaboration, PCCW Global and Etisalat will be able to serve customers worldwide on one of the region's most extensive and secure networks.

"We are delighted to be working closely with PCCW Global to help them serve their customers in the region and globally," said Ali Amiri, Etisalat's executive vice president, Carrier and Wholesale Services.

"As a regional hub for communication services, Etisalat's Smarthub is the fastest growing hub in the area and will continue to attract large network and content providers with a broad portfolio of services and capacity options. We look forward to many more years of co-operation with PCCW Global, a dynamic and innovative global service provider."

"We look forward to this joint expansion with Etisalat and further enhancing our ability to deliver high-quality communications services in the region," said Marc Halbfinger, chief executive officer, PCCW Global.

"By creating a new Point of Presence in Smarthub, PCCW Global will be working closely with Etisalat in its commitment to high-quality service. We are confident that this connectivity, combined with our recent interconnection arrangements for MPLS and Ethernet networks, will further expand our access to one of the most extensive terrestrial and submarine networks in the Middle East and bring about new and exciting opportunities for the further development of our network."

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