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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