PCCW Global and Keppel Data Centres Holding Pte Ltd (Keppel Data Centres) have launched the PCCW Global-Keppel International Carrier Exchange (ICX) in the international telecommunications hub of Hong Kong to provide faster interconnects for businesses.
PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, while Keppel Data Centres is a joint venture between Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd (Keppel T&T) and Keppel Land Limited.
The PCCW Global-Keppel ICX is based on robust design requirements and features more than 7,800 square feet of dedicated network facility management space with redundant power configuration.
The ICX is located at the same building of the AAE-1 city Point of Presence (PoP) and connected to the submarine cable landing stations of Hong Kong and other hyper scale data centers via an extensive fiber network supplied by HKT. The optimal and secure global network connectivity meeting point makes it a preferred choice for companies looking to establish network edge PoP.
PCCW Global and Keppel Data Centres entered into the long-term collaboration agreement for the development of the ICX in 2016. The collaboration seeks to utilize the vast submarine cable capacity in the region to provide fast, quality interconnections with Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.
Leveraging PCCW Global’s extensive global network connectivity and Keppel Data Centres’ technical expertise and operational track record, the ICX venture aims to address the demand for access performance and network security arising from cloud services, big data, and rich media in business critical applications.
Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global, said, “We are very pleased to see the exciting ICX opening which highlights our very positive relationship with Keppel T&T. Our customers and carrier partners now have more low-latency Hong Kong Island choice in accessing digital solutions for responding to the increasing cloud adoption in the region.”
Mr. Thomas Pang, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel T&T, said, “The ICX marks Keppel T&T’s first step into the Hong Kong data center market and brings together the best that PCCW Global and Keppel Data Centres have to offer under one roof. Customers in our ICX will enjoy connectivity to the city PoP of the AAE-1 cable as well as the global network of data centres from both companies.”