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Telstra expands into China with Pacnet Business Solutions integration

Zafirah Salim | May 11, 2015
Telstra’s multinational customers can now benefit from more direct and low latency network connectivity in China thanks to the network integration of Telstra and PBS.

Australia-based telecommunications company, Telstra, announced today that its multinational customers can now benefit from more direct and low latency network connectivity in China thanks to the network integration of Telstra and Pacnet Business Solutions China (PBS).

PBS, a foreign-invested joint-stock company, was the first foreign company licensed to provide IP-VPN services and network services in China. Its footprint extends to 23 provinces across the mainland, including Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai.

In a media statement, Telstra's Director of Marketing, Products and Pricing, International, Jim Clarke, said the company's network reach and data centre capabilities had greatly increased through the company's acquisition of Pacnet Limited in April 2015. This includes the addition of the largest privately owned intra-Asia cable network, advanced software defined networking solutions, and this new and expanded connectivity footprint in China.

"With a population of 1.3 billion, China recently became the second largest economy and is increasingly playing an important and influential role in the global economy, driven by GDP growth averaging approximately 10 percent a year," he said. "As a result, we're seeing demand for data connectivity grow exponentially as an increasing number of Asia-Pacific, European and American headquartered businesses look here for short and long-term business opportunities."

Clarke also said that PBS has witnessed first-hand the dramatic demand for ICT and data centre services from both local enterprises and multinational corporations operating in China.

"We look forward to leveraging their deep network footprint, to extend our service coverage on the mainland and provide customers the same security, redundancy and quality of service offered on the Telstra network," he added.

Meanwhile, Tracy Jin, Product and Marketing Director of PBS, said that the company has been making significant investments in its infrastructure. She believes that the ongoing expansion of its network capabilities cements PBS' role as a premier gateway into Asia's largest market, and the fastest growing telecommunications and e-commerce markets globally.

"Telstra and PBS are aligned and committed to supply customers with robust connectivity services, not only into the larger provincial centres, but also within the more challenging locations which multinational enterprises are present. We're looking forward to working together to deliver services, driving customers' business success across the mainland," added Jin.

 

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