Telecom Malagasy (Telma) has signed Madagascar’s first international MPLS interconnection deal with PCCW Global, the international operating division of Hong Kong telecommunications provider HKT. The Madagascan incumbent will have its Ethernet and IP VPN coverage extended across PCCW Global’s MPLS network, which spans in excess of 3,000 cities in more than 130 countries, as well as connectivity through submarine cables, including the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), to and from Madagascar. The agreement will give PCCW Global increased local access to Madagascar, including the capital Antananarivo.
‘This collaboration is an important milestone in the development of our international business, especially international data services. It will extend the coverage area of our services beyond Madagascar to the rest of the world and vice versa’ said Patrick Pisal-Hamida, Telma Group’s CEO. Similarly pleased, James Welch, PCCW Global’s vice president, said, ‘Interconnecting with Telma ensures that we can provide extensive connectivity to Madagascar and the rest of Africa at competitive cost and with faster provisioning times too.’