Telstra secures Asian licences

Telstra has secured operating licences in Singapore and Japan, allowing the company to own infrastructure facilities and be directly responsible for services delivered to customers locally in both countries.

The facilities-based operator licence has been offered by the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). It will allow Telstra to own and operate telecoms infrastructure systems and facilities locally in preparation for the company’s plans to launch a submarine cable to Singapore.

Telstra’s Japanese subsidiary, Telstra Japan, has received approval by the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) for a registration type licence. The licence will allow Telstra to own and operate large scale telecoms circuits and facilities in the cities and regions of Japan.

Telstra was recently awarded three licences in India to provide customers with international long distance telecommunications and ISP services. The company expects to begin services in seven Indian cities within six months, including Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune. Mumbai and Chennai will also be connected to Telstra’s Indian international gateways, providing access to the company’s international backbone network with direct routes in Europe and Asia.

“For international customers, Telstra will now have greater control over its services. Specifically customers will enjoy access to a more comprehensive suite of connectivity and managed services, better network performance, complete monitoring, local contract billing capabilities, and in-country service centre support,” said Tarek Robbiati, group managing director for Telstra International Group (TIG).

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