Telenor and Hutchison Global Communications ink IPX interconnection deal

19 May 2017

Norway’s Telenor Group and Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC), the fixed line arm of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), have announced a peering agreement to interconnect their IPX networks. In a press release detailing the development, the pair said the deal had been made with a view to ‘enabling mobile network operators (MNOs) and carriers served by the two companies to exchange IP traffic in a secure and high-quality manner’.

As per the agreement, services will be extended to a greater population of mobile end users, who will be able to roam seamlessly across IPX platforms run by HGC and Telenor, granting extended coverage along with an enhanced voice and mobile data experience. Furthermore, the companies have claimed the collaboration will enable them both to deliver greater reach to MNOs via their IPX networks in Asia and Europe. Carriers, multinational corporations and consumer customers served by the duo will, meanwhile, reportedly enjoy seamless integrated service in terms of signaling and data roaming, as well as voice-over-IPX (VoIPX) and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) roaming, plus HD video calling and conferencing.

Commenting on the deal, Andrew Kwok, President of International and Carrier Business at HTHKH, said: ‘HGC’s peering arrangement with Telenor is an enormous first stride in enabling MNOs served by us to provide service in a more cost-effective way, while making sufficient capacity available, so end users benefit from high-quality and seamless roaming.’ Wansit Jeremy Saiyawan, Chief Sales Officer of Telenor’s Global Wholesale unit, added: ‘This IPX-peering agreement builds on the strong commitment of partnership between Telenor and Hutchison Global Communications to ensure a continual evolution into the digital era. Together, we deliver end-to-end visibility on LTE services, and as such, provide the reliability that end users demand today.’