China Telecom Global (CTG) and Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) have announced an IPX peering agreement which will allow the duo to expand their mutual coverage and offer improved connectivity to their mobile operator customers in their respective markets.
The partnership, announced on Monday, will enable mobile operators served by the pair to use the two IPX platforms to deliver traffic generated by 4G data roaming, mobile signaling and VoIP, as well as from advanced IP services such as VoLTE, HD video calling, media content delivery and OTT services.
HGC, the fixed-line operations of Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited, said the deal will help further expand the telco’s existing coverage in mainland China, opening up the potential to reach China Telecom’s 200 million mobile users.
In turn, CTG’s global coverage will be extended through the partnership due to Hutchison's IPX reach and its network of mobile affiliates across the world.
“We put huge resources on the development of IPX which we believe is a key platform for mobile wholesale business in the near future,” said Ou Yan, executive vice president of CTG, the international arm of China Telecom.
“IPX peering interconnection with HGC whose on-net network including not only Hong Kong but also various European countries, could help us further extend our IPX service area.”
According to the company statement, CTG’s IPX platform is a private IP network that carries multiple IP services and interconnections as a wholesale hub. Multiple services including voice, 2G/3G/4G roaming and signaling are provided via one port.
CTG IPX is built on China Telecom’s MPLS network, which covers 312 cities in mainland China plus nearly 130 countries further afield.
The Hutch-IPX platform facilitates provision of IP interconnect services such as 2G, 3G and 4G data roaming, along with mobile signaling, VoIP and HD voice and video traffic, as well as BlackBerry data traffic.
Based on the technology-neutral MPLS system, Hutch-IPX provides a virtual private network complete with quality-of-service assurance and service level agreements that cover jitter, network backbone latency and availability, the companies said in the statement.