PCCW Global wins Best Cost Efficiency Solution Award at AfricaCom

Recognized for driving efficiency in African networking by keeping African voice traffic in Africa with its regional breakout solution

HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG, November 20, 2015 – PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, won the Best Cost Efficiency Solution award at the 8th annual AfricaCom Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa on November 18. PCCW Global was recognized for its work in deploying a meshed network topology and optimizing voice routing to keep African roaming traffic in Africa.

PCCW Global’s regional breakout (RBO) solution leverages fiber connectivity in 40 countries across Africa and removes the need to backhaul traffic via Europe, which is inefficient and costly for service providers while increasing network latency and reducing calling quality. PCCW Global’s RBO solution enables African roaming traffic to be routed much more quickly between countries in Africa.

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global, said, “Roaming models in Africa have traditionally backhauled traffic via Europe, which is inefficient and costly for service providers while increasing network latency. Our regional breakout model removes the need to route via Europe and allows African roaming traffic to be routed quickly from country to country. This is a step forward for quality and efficiency in African telecoms.”

The AfricaCom awards recognize companies and organizations that are promoting digital excellence in Africa. The awards judging panel included representatives from Ovum, Balancing Act and Disrupt Africa.

Traditional roaming models route local African voice and data traffic through London and back to the destination country. The average latency from Africa to London one-way is approximately 200 milliseconds, which amounts to 400 milliseconds for the round trip. This is similar to almost achieving the traditional satellite latency of 600 milliseconds. PCCW Global’s regional break out service enables distinctively efficient lower latency between South Africa and Mozambique of 7 to 8 milliseconds. A similar scenario applies for data originating from Mozambique to Tanzania, with latency of 15 milliseconds.

Mr. Halbfinger said, “We are finding new ways to serve customers in local markets in Africa and create new value for our partners across the continent. The local markets of Africa are more dynamic than ever and that’s reflected in our initiatives in 2015. Whether it is video on demand or IPX-enabled infrastructure, we are using our unique strengths and experience to serve Africa with innovative products and solutions.”

In 2015, PCCW Global also received awards and global recognition at the Global Wholesale Awards, Frost & Sullivan Awards, Global Telecom Business Innovation Awards, Telecoms World Awards Middle East, and Total Telecom Africa Awards.

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 140 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fibre and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding “as-a-service” solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.

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

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. 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 sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

HKT offers Hong Kong’s only quadruple-play experience delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go.

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