British fixed line incumbent BT has announced the signing of a deal with Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC), the fixed line division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, under which the two companies will establish IPX network interconnection between the HGC Hutch-IPX Network and the BT IPX Network.
This collaboration will reportedly enable the two companies to ‘quickly deliver increased global reach to fixed line and mobile network operators by connecting the two IPX platforms and their communities of mobile networks across Asia and Europe’. Such plans will enable the provision of multiple services, including mobile signalling, 2G/3G/4G data roaming, voice-over-IPX (VoIPX), while in the future the duo expect the arrangement to allow for offering advanced IP services such as voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), HD video calling and conferencing.
Commenting on the agreement, Andrew Kwok, HGC’s president of International and Carrier Business, was cited as saying: ‘The collaboration with BT highlights our unrelenting efforts to extend Hutch-IPX coverage and partnership globally. This collaboration will enable MNOs [mobile network operators] and other operator customers to deliver traffic through our global network extending from Asia to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.’ Meanwhile, Andrew Dodsworth, vice president of Global Telecom Markets (GTM) at BT, noted: ‘We are excited to work with HGC to extend our mutual coverage via IPX peering connections and extend BT’s reach to include HGC’s extensive footprint in Asia.’