Spark and China Telecom Global sign Pacific-wide deal

01 March 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


New Zealand’s Spark has signed a deal with China Telecom Global to boost internet traffic between the two countries and across the Pacific region.

The collaborative agreement will see the two parties carry all their respective internet traffic between China and New Zealand, and throughout the Pacific, providing Spark with a leading position in Chinese transit services, a company statement read.

Lindsay Cowley, general manager of wholesale and international at Spark, said the deal will lead to lower latency times between the two countries, reducing load times for web content and improving shared application performance, which was particularly important for businesses running remote applications.

"This collaboration will provide the largest and most direct data transit services, not just between China and New Zealand, but throughout the Pacific too," added Cowley. 

Steven Tan, China Telecom Global’s vice president of carrier business development, said it was the first such agreement in Oceania, giving it the ability to deliver Chinese content directly to New Zealand and into the Pacific.

With 600 million internet users in China, Cowley said it's more important than ever for New Zealand businesses to have high quality access into the Chinese internet market, for their own success and the wider New Zealand economy.