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HGC and Telenor in IPX deal for Europe and Asia

19 May 2017 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) and Telenor have signed an IPX-peering agreement, with the aim of enabling mobile operators and carriers served by the two to exchange IP traffic.

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, giving extended coverage and better voice and data.

Furthermore, the collaboration will enable HGC and Telenor to deliver greater reach to mobile operators via their IPX networks in Asia and Europe. Carriers, multinational corporations and consumer customers served by the two companies will have a seamless integrated service in terms of signalling and data roaming, as well as voice-over-IPX (VoIPX) and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) roaming, plus high-definition video calling and conferencing.

Andrew Kwok, president of international and carrier business at Hutchison, said that European operators "are facing a surge in traffic volume after the 'roam like at home’ initiative goes live in June, when travellers will find themselves only having to pay domestic rates, regardless of where they may be in the EU at any one time."

Wansit Jeremy Saiyawan, chief sales officer of Telenor’s global wholesale unit, said the IPX-peering agreement "builds on the strong commitment of partnership" between Telenor and HGC "to ensure a continual evolution into the digital era."

Kwok said the peering arrangement with Telenor "is an enormous first stride" in enabling mobile operators served by HGC "to provide service in a more cost-effective way, while making sufficient capacity available, so end users benefit from high-quality and seamless roaming".

Saiyawan added: "Together, we deliver end-to-end visibility on LTE services, and as such, provide the reliability that end users demand today."

Kwok said: "Hutch IPX also allows exchange of traffic made up of content and applications, and ensures application-to-person (A2P) messages reach mobile users."

The deal was signed at International Telecoms Week in Chicago.

Topics: Hutchison, HGC, IPX, Telenor, ITW, VoLTE, LTE, VoIPX