Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) has launched an Ethernet service that connects Hong Kong with Beijing and Guangdong province to meet growing corporate demand for cross-border networking connections with mainland China, the company said.
The Ethernet service will save companies money by eliminating the need for them to reconfigure their networks or install specialized equipment, HGC said. Companies also get more flexibility to adjust the speed of their network connection, which can range from 2Mbps to 45Mbps or more, it said.
The Ethernet link was created to meet growing demand for cross-border networking services, sparked in part by China’s membership in the World Trade Organization and the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement, designed to deepen the economic ties between Hong Kong and the rest of China, HGC said.
HGC, a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecommunications International, is offering the service through an expanded partnership with China Telecommunications, one of the country’s two fixed-line operators. The two carriers have worked together since 2002, when they established a 10Gbps synchronous digital hierarchy connection between Hong Kong and mainland China.
The expanded partnership between China Telecom broadens the range of HGC’s Ethernet services.
The carrier also offers Ethernet links from Hong Kong to South Korea, in cooperation with KT, and to Taiwan, through a partnership with Taiwan Fixed Network. In addition, HGC and Broadwing Communications operate a trans-Pacific Ethernet link that connects Hong Kong and the United States.
-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service
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