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PCCW inaugurates Console Connect in all Global Switch data centers worldwide
PCCW Global today announced that its Console Connect Software-Defined Interconnection® (SDI® ) platform is now available in many more data centers via an extended collaboration with Global Switch, a leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale carrier and cloud neutral data centers in Europe and Asia Pacific.
Global Switch owns and operates 13 data centers centrally located in Tier 1 cities, offering a total of 390,000 sq. m. of highly resilient technical space and hosting some of the world’s largest cloud providers, hyperscalers and enterprise customers.
The company works with all industry verticals and segments and provides tailored solutions to meet each customer’s specific needs, whilst also ensuring the availability of a wide range of high-performance interconnect solutions from leading players such as Console Connect.
Following the highly successful launch of Console Connect in Global Switch’s Singapore Tai Seng data center in 2019, the platform has now been extended to all Global Switch locations and is immediately available. The collaboration gives Console Connect users an extensive choice of on-net data centers and cloud access points in Europe’s largest and most interconnected data center hubs - London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris. It also brings the Console Connect platform to Madrid, Spain, one of the most important gateways to Latin America, as well as other major European markets.
In Asia Pacific, Console Connect is available at the Global Switch data centers in Sydney and Hong Kong, in addition to the pre-existing facility in Singapore’s Tai Seng data center.
Mr. Michael Glynn, Vice President of Digital Automated Innovation, PCCW Global, said, “We are delighted to extend our collaboration with Global Switch by bringing the Console Connect platform into all of its data centers worldwide. The addition of eight on-net data centers in Europe forms part of a major expansion plan for the platform across the region, while the new facilities in Sydney and Hong Kong further consolidates our position as a market leader for on-demand fabric in Asia Pacific.”
The Console Connect network-as-a-service platform is fully integrated with the world’s leading cloud, SaaS, IoT and IX providers, including Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba, Tencent and NAVER Cloud.
The automated Console Connect fabric is underpinned by PCCW Global’s leading IP backbone and one of the largest MPLS networks in the world, spanning more than 3,000 cities and 160 countries. Global Switch customers will be able to instantly access this ecosystem of clouds, SaaS providers, and network, and seamlessly connect to over 300 data centers worldwide through Console Connect.
The platform provides users with the redundancy and flexibility to scale their businesses on demand at any Global Switch data center, and have access to the PCCW Global physical network, which is separate to the public Internet and offers uncontended and highly redundant core connectivity with multiple diverse paths between countries.
Mr. Paul Selwood, Group Director, Strategic Accounts and Networks, Global Switch, said, “We are extremely excited that the Console Connect platform is available at all of our data centers. Our customers will be able to securely access services from any cloud or SaaS provider, connect to business-critical applications with ease, and scale connections up and down on-demand.”
MEF19 to host PoC demonstrations featuring 46 key industry players
MEF has announced the 15 MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstration teams selected to participate in the sixth annual MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase at MEF19, held 18-22 November 2019 at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California.
The Showcase will bring together 46 of the world’s leading service and technology providers to present groundbreaking demonstrations of SD-WAN, inter-provider and intra-provider service automation with LSO APIs, AI/ML, security, intent-based networking, Blockchain, Carrier Ethernet, satellite services, 5G, network slicing, IoT, private cloud, service assurance, and more.
“This has been an extraordinary year of innovation as industry players strive toward a common goal of accelerating adoption of dynamic and assured services across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF.
He continued, “We look forward to the PoC teams spotlighting the huge progress being made in MEF 3.0 service and technology development and implementation.”
“It has been a pleasure working directly with top service and technology experts from around world who are participating in the MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase,” said Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF.
“The PoCs are always a highlight for our annual event, and I’m extremely excited about what we have in store for MEF19. This year’s Showcase will provide invaluable insight that enterprises, service providers, and technology companies need to successfully navigate on their digital transformation journey.”
The 2019 MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase participants and their demonstration themes include:
Colt Technology Services, PCCW Global, Sparkle, Tata Communications, Accedian Amartus, and Clear Blockchain Technologies: Standardization of Blockchain Billing and Settlement Utilizing MEF 3.0 Framework
PCCW Global, DCConnect Global, and R3: Automated Inter-Carrier Credit Ratings Using Blockchain
NTT Communications, ADVA, NEC/Netcracker, Silver Peak, Spirent Communications, and Versa Networks: Orchestrated Virtualized Multivendor SD-WAN Services
Comcast Business, Cox Business, Ciena, and Nokia Networks: MEF SOAM for High Value Multi-Operator Carrier Ethernet Services
Spectrum Enterprise, Equinix, Nefeli Networks, Nokia Networks, and Vitria: Intelligent, Intent-Based Network Scaling Using IoT Services
AT&T, Fortinet, and Nokia Networks: Slicing the Edge
CMC Networks, Intelsat, Nokia/Nuage Networks, Infovista, Cloudify, and Kontron: SD-WAN over Satellite Access
BT, ADVA, and Infovista with radio support from Accelleran, Attocore, and Radisys: Wholesale Network Slicing for 5G Access
Equinix, Unitas Global, and Ciena: AI-Driven Federated Domain Operations for Ultra Resilient Services
Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), Fortinet, and Spirent Communications: Security Assurance in SD-WAN Application Flows (“The Protectors”)
CenturyLink, Telia Carrier, and Infinera: AI/ML and Policy Driven Networks for the LSO-Based Architecture
CenturyLink, Spirent Communications, and Versa Networks: SD-WAN Services and API Automated Certification
Amdocs and Cisco: Private Enterprise Networks
TELUS, Ekinops, and Inmanta: Multi-Domain Orchestration of MPLS, SD-WAN and Cloud Services
NTT Communications, NTT Labs, and Okinawa Open Laboratory: 5G xHaul Sharing as Slices with LSO Orchestration
MEF will be hosting a special MEF 3.0 PoC Awards Ceremony at 6:40pm – 7:00pm on Wednesday, 20 November, in the MEF19 Networking Hall. These awards will recognize leadership and innovation across multiple categories.
Hong Kong’s PCCW looking to sell 11.1% of HKT for $1.1 billion
Hong Kong-based PCCW, the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited, the information and communications technology company, reportedly plans to raise HK$8.53 billion ($1.09 billion) through the sale of 840.7 million share stapled units in subsidiary HKT.
According to reports, PCCW plans to use the proceeds from the sale to pay back debt, make further investments in media and IT services, business and other general corporate purposes.
The company is said to be expanding its reach into Asia, including a plan to extend its OTT video service Via into Thailand, and continue to expand into eastern China. With the proceeds from the sale, PCC would be in a better position financially to pursue these ambitions.
Managing the planned transaction is Goldman Sachs. The sale would represent an approximate 11.1 percent stake in HKT, and dilute PCCW’s share in the operator to around 51.97 percent. The transaction has a placing price of HK$10.15 per unit.
When the planned transaction was announced, PCCW’s shares dropped 5.97 percent to HK$4.57 at close of trading on Monday, February 13. Meanwhile, HKT saw its share fall 7.4 percent to HK$10.26.
If the transaction goes through, it will mark the second large recent divestment by PCCW, following the sale of Transvision (the owner of mobile broadband licensee UK Broadband) to Three UK for $375.9 million earlier this month.
PCCW & Telstra interconnect IPX
PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, and Telstra International have signed an IPX multi-service interconnection agreement, expanding their relationship in new market segments and benefiting their respective mobile and multinational customers.
Mobile operators connected to PCCW Global IPX can enjoy access to its MobileXchange service suite, which includes VoIPX, VoLTE, LTE roaming, GRX, SCCP and cloud-based applications such as unified communication-as-a-service, security-as-a-service, OTT solutions and more.
Emmanuel Bain, PCCW Global’s head of voice business, said: “Our collaboration with Telstra is key to the development of new initiatives for the region. Australia and Hong Kong being leading LTE markets, IPX will be critical to support mobile data growth and quality expectations from the subscribers. Australia is a well-developed market, and subscribers are very tech savvy. End-users are seeking for new services, applications and superior telecommunications experiences which IPX can deliver."
Ellie Sweeney, executive director, global wholesale, Telstra, said: "Working with PCCW Global will give us the scalability to grow with the demand and the opportunity to expand into new areas."