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Hutchison expands into Mekong sub-region and EMEA

Veronica C. Silva | June 9, 2011
Both regions experienced increased customer base.

The fibre network unit of Hong Kong-listed Hutchison Telecommunications recently announced its expansion into the Greater Mekong sub-region, and the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Hutchison Global Communications (HGC), which offers fibre optic network services, said it has extended its network in the Greater Mekong area which has seen an increase in customer base lately.

Countries in the sub-region -- Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar -- are now connected to HGC's global core network through a network of submarine and terrestrial cables. Global companies and organisations, including carriers, can now connect to their global partners and counterparts through HGC's extensive network and data services.

HGC has been in the sub-region since 2004, when it provided terrestrial cable connectivity between Vietnam and Hong Kong. In 2008, HGC laid down Myanmar's first virtual private network.

Andrew Kwok, senior vice president of international business, HGC, said the company was the first overseas network operator to offer intra-connectivity in the sub-region. This strategic move has earned for the company higher profit margins "as telecoms solutions delivered in unserved and under-served new markets fetch a higher premium compared with those in developed markets."

EMEA expansion

To connect Asian enterprises and organisations to the rest of the world, HGC is also expanding its business presence in the EMEA region. It started last year with the establishment of a London, UK office. HGC now has business presence in major African nations such as Egypt and Kenya, as well as Dubai in the Middle East plus Hungary and Scotland in Europe.

The new London office is headed by Ravindran Mahalingam, general manager of EMEA region - international business, HGC.

The EMEA region is a profit centre for HGC as network expansion is expected to continue in the region for the rest of the year.

"We expect the volume of voice traffic in EMEA to account for approximately one-third of our total voice traffic this year, with the key driver of growth in EMEA being Europe," said Kwok. "From a data perspective, we plan to establish new points-of-presence (PoPs) in the region during the second half of 2011 in order to deliver diverse telecoms solutions, especially as more cities in Africa are switching from satellite to fibre connectivity."

As part of the business and network expansion, HGC will also offer round-the-clock technical support in the region.


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