MNF’s TNZI completes ring with PoP in Hong Kong

05 December 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


The former international arm of Telecom New Zealand – now owned by Australian group MNF – has set up a point of presence (PoP) in Hong Kong to complete a global network ring.

The company, now TNZI, has received a services-based operator licence for provision of external telecommunications services from the Office of the Communications Authority in Hong Kong.

“The Hong Kong PoP completes TNZI’s global network ring and will ensure we are well placed to grow our business in the lucrative Asian region,” said Rene Sugo, CEO of TNZI.

He added: “Operators will benefit from more interconnect options, increased diversity within the core network and new traffic route options that will drive call quality and cost efficiency. Several of the largest global telecommunication corporations are already set to take advantage of the TNZI’s Hong Kong PoP facility, including PCCW Global, SoftBank Corp, M800 and NTT Communications.”

Sugo’s MNF – formerly My Net Fone – bought Spark New Zealand’s global wholesale voice business in 2015. The unit had retained the original Telecom New Zealand branding after the former parent became Spark.

“TNZI aims to become the ‘go to’ carrier for those providers who are looking to innovate in the voice communications space,” said Sugo.

“Our investment in this new Hong Kong PoP will allow us to compete more effectively for a larger share of the enormous Asian market and ensure our global voice network is able to carry the growing volume of traffic on direct routes between Asia, Europe, the Americas and ANZ.”