Hutchison Global Communications (HGC), the fixed line division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings, has unveiled its first Point of Presence (PoP) in Myanmar, established in cooperation with Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), as part of a strategy to boost data and voice connectivity between Hong Kong and Myanmar, enabling international carriers and content providers from across Asia and rest of the world to interconnect with Myanmar and other member nations of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).
Andrew Kwok, HGC’s president of international and carrier business, said: ‘Establishment of a Myanmar PoP reinforces HGC’s presence in the GMS. We were an IP-VPN pioneer in Myanmar back in 2008, and the first foreign telecoms operator to be granted permission to provide data and voice services following liberalisation of the local telecoms market last year. Expansion of data and voice connectivity between Hong Kong and Myanmar underlines our important role in transforming Myanmar into a telecoms hub and meeting demand for international connectivity between the GMS and other locations around the world.’
A press release continues: ‘HGC is the first international carrier to collaborate with MPT and its representative in setting up a PoP in Myanmar and provision of a fully-redundant network comprising diverse terrestrial and submarine cable systems for data and voice connectivity between Myanmar and the rest of the world. Extending an internet backbone to Myanmar enables HGC to provide a short and direct path for connections in and out of the country with low latency. The Myanmar PoP means HGC will provide international private leased circuits (IPLC), IP-VPN services and voice services, characterised by higher network availability, reliability and network diversity. As one of four preferred MPT co-operators establishing official and direct voice interconnection in Myanmar, HGC is able to deliver high-quality call origination and termination services to satisfy rising volumes of voice traffic in the region.’