PCCW Global has entered into a long-term collaboration agreement with Keppel Data Centres Holding to co-develop and market an international carrier exchange in Hong Kong.
PCCW Global is the international division of major operator HKT, and Keppel Data Centres is a joint venture between Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) and Keppel Land. These companies are themselves subsidiaries of Singapore-listed Keppel Corporation.
The exchange will be fitted to Tier III specifications to ensure uptime of up to 99.982%. Construction is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter.
The new facility will offer connectivity-related managed services to facilitate interconnects. It will be located in the same building as the Hong Kong point of presence for the 100Gbps Asia-Africa-Europe 1 subsea cable, which is also expected to be ready for service in Q4.
The building will also be connected to PCCW Global's backhaul network to link the international carrier exchange to numerous subsea cable landing stations. This will allow the exchange to be used as a gateway to mainland China.
“We are happy to partner with PCCW Global for our first investment into the Hong Kong colocation market, which benefits from the city’s status as a key telecommunications and financial hub, as well as its connectivity to other hubs in Singapore, Amsterdam, London, and Sydney,” Keppel T&T CEO Thomas Pang said.
“The expansion of Keppel’s data center footprint to Hong Kong is another step towards creating a data center value ecosystem that goes beyond colocation to providing value-added services and connectivity for our valued clients.”