PCCW Global and Telecom Malagasy collaborate to greatly improve connectivity into and out of Madagascar

Interconnection agreement set to boost business development in Africa for both operators

HKT (SEHK: 6823) HONG KONG - September 24, 2014

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, and Telecom Malagasy (“Telma”), the number one national telecommunications operator in Madagascar, have signed the first international MPLS interconnection for Madagascar. Telma is Madagascar’s telecommunications leader in fixed, mobile, Internet, capacity (through the EASSY submarine cable and the 6,000km+ national fiber optic backbone), and mobile money.

This will result in Telma’s Ethernet and IP VPN coverage being extended across PCCW Global's resilient MPLS network, which reaches 3,000 cities in more than 130 countries, plus connectivity to and from Madagascar via major submarine cable systems including EASSY.

In addition, the agreement will give PCCW Global greater local access to Madagascar cities, including Antananarivo the capital city and to the other major hubs. Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is located in the Indian Ocean of the Southeast coast of Africa.

Importantly, this new interconnect agreement will boost business development in Africa, a significant market for both PCCW Global and Telma.

Mr. Patrick Pisal-Hamida, Telma Group’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “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.”

Mr. James Welch, PCCW Global’s Vice President and Head of Sales of EEMEA, said, “This agreement is a critical element of our wider pan-African development. 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.”

He added, “The positive collaborative working relationship between Telma and PCCW Global can be highly beneficial to customers, as it ensures that the service levels we provide to our customers connecting with Madagascar and other African markets are appropriately maintained and consistently enhanced.”

 

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 130 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, international voice and VoIPX services.

PCCW Global maintains regional centers in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

Together with the highly successful media business of its parent company, PCCW Limited, HKT offers innovative media content and services across the PCCW Group’s unique quadruple-play platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile.

About Telma

The Telma Group (Telecom Malagasy, Telma Mobile, Telma Global Net and Telma Money) is the undisputed reference for Telecommunications services in Madagascar and is the only operator to provide convergent solutions with a large portfolio of Fixed, Mobile and Data services, as well as Mobile Money solutions.

Established at the end of the 19th century, privatized in 2004, the Telma Group develops everyday a strong will: every Malagasy should be a global citizen.

In order to achieve this goal Telma strategy is based on 3 axes:

- Deployment of a unique telecom infrastructure in Madagascar:

Telma has already invested 164 M USD in the national (6 000 km of National Fiber Optic Backbone) and international (5th contributor to Eassy Cable) connectivity and is committed to maintain its investment efforts in order to support the development of Madagascar, its economic operators and its youth.

- Commercialisation of the latest innovations and ensuring accessibility of services for everybody:

Thanks to the simplicity of its offers, the affordability of its products (tablets, smartphones), the numerous partnerships developed with worldwide leaders (Samsung, Western Union…) and the efforts to deploy innovative solutions (3G+, MVola : Mobile Banking, Xdsl, FTTx,…), Telma is clearly the 1st operator for the Malagasy population.

- Aspiration to reach the highest International Standards:

Always more for you: this is Telma commitment to its customers and employees. This strong commitment resulted in 2014 in the completion of the ISO 9001:2008 certification, which was granted to the Telma Group for its Broadband Offers & Services.

This strategy makes Telma a unique commercial success-story in Africa and in the Indian Ocean.

For more information, visit our websites www.telma.mg and www.mvola.mg

 

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel:    +852 2883 8747
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Madam Ravaka RAKOTOARIMANANA
Telecom Malagasy
Tel: +261 34 00 300 80
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