PCCW Global and Kenya Data Networks introduce first High-Definition Video Conferencing solution connecting the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong and Kenya

HONG KONG / NAIROBI, January 27, 2011 

PCCW Global Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider, PCCW Limited, and Kenya Data Networks (KDN), Kenya’s leading full service data communications carrier, have successfully conducted the first High-Definition Video Conferencing (HDVC) connecting the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Kenya.

The link-up is the first HDVC live demonstration connecting Kenya to multiple destinations outside of Africa. The demonstration has been made possible by the interconnected MPLS VPN networks between PCCW Global and KDN. High-level executives from key industries in Kenya are invited to the demonstration to witness the benefits that HDVC solutions can bring to business operations.

Mr. Frederick Chui, PCCW Global’s Senior Vice President, EMEA, said, “PCCW Global manages the entire HDVC demonstration, and provides advanced VC terminals as well as our robust and resilient global MPLS VPN network. Our HDVC solutions maximize efficiency by cutting travel time, costs and risks. We will collaborate with KDN to capture the rising demand of high-bandwidth solutions such as HDVC after the landing of three submarine cables to the country in recent years. We offer our customers a satisfying VC experience.”

Mr. Rikus Matthyser, KDN’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are continually looking to add value to our customers and this is one such initiative. KDN’s extensive network in the region has a positive effect on the productivity of our customers and these video conferencing services will go a long way in helping to save on their time and money.”

PCCW Global and KDN have developed a close strategic relationship. In July 2010 they signed the MPLS Inter-Carrier Interconnection agreement. Through PCCW Global’s vast and robust network, KDN has extended its international coverage to over 110 countries and more than 1,500 cities around the world. The MPLS networks are connected in Singapore and London through multiple STM 4 connections running on multiple cable systems such as TEAMS, SMW4 and SEACOM. This enables PCCW Global and KDN to provide a fully redundant, stable and low latency network to enterprise customers.

About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK:0008) is the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies. PCCW also holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and overseas investments including the wholly-owned UK Broadband Limited.

As the provider of Hong Kong’s first quadruple-play experience, PCCW/HKT offers a range of innovative media content and services across four platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile. In addition, the Group meets the sophisticated needs of the local and international business community, while supporting network operators with cutting-edge technical services and handling large-scale IT outsourcing projects for public and private sector organizations. To learn more about PCCW and HKT, please visit www.pccw.com.

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is an operating division of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited and holds the PCCW Group’s telecoms services, media and IT solutions businesses. PCCW/HKT is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information & Communications Technologies.

With centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, London in the UK, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, plus teams covering the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, PCCW Global serves the voice and data needs of multinational enterprises, as well as the operational requirements of service providers. Covering more than 1,500 cities and 110 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include IP solutions, transmission solutions including fiber and satellite, managed services and solutions, and voice services. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

About Kenya Data Networks

KDN, a Kenyan registered communications company and part of the Altech Group, operates the largest data and Internet backbone in East Africa. Through its customers, KDN is the primary provider of Internet connectivity for millions of subscribers in Kenya. KDN provides a comprehensive suite of services over its fibre optic network including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport, infrastructure services and collocation services. These services provide building blocks that enable KDN’s customers to meet their growing demands for advanced communications solutions.

KDN's customers include some of the Region's largest financial, healthcare, mobile and technology companies. Clients rely on KDN to build and operate highly redundant and geo-diverse WANs for data-centric operations. The company differentiates itself with its unique fibre footprint, dynamic bandwidth re-provisioning and rerouting services, and simplified pricing model.

To learn more about KDN, please visit www.kdn.co.ke.

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Ho

Group Communications

PCCW Limited

Tel:      +852 2883 8747

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Vincent Wang'ombe

Chief Marketing Officer

Kenya Data Networks

Tel: +254 734 741770

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