Telstra has partnered with Converge ICT Solutions to offer its enterprise customers a wider range of network infrastructure and services in the Philippines.
In a statement, Telstra said the partnership will enable to telco to extend its reach in the Philippines through Converge’s extensive fibre footprint, which covers major business districts and residential areas in Metro Manila and the Greater Manila Area.
The joint venture is expected to provide an end-to-end solution for Telstra’s enterprise customers who are looking to improve their network infrastructure and services in the Philippines.
With the development of new terrestrial fibre routes between Telstra’s East Asia Crossing (EAC) and City-to-City (C2C) submarine cable landing stations in the Philippines, as well as into Makati City in the Metro Manila region, this will provide Telstra with a direct connection into the country.
The combined EAC-C2C network is said to be the largest privately-owned submarine cable network, with a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps, and a total cable length of 36,800 kilometers.
In addition, Telstra has established a third PoP in Pasig City, a commercial and residential city in the Metro Manila area, which connects to the two existing, primary PoPs in Makati City. The new PoP supports 10G and 100G Ethernet Private Line (EPL) services.
The partnership between Telstra and Converge is seen as a strategic move that will allow both companies to tap into the growing Philippines market. With its rapidly expanding economy, the Philippines is an attractive market for telcos and enterprises alike.
“Telstra has been operating in the Philippines for more than 25 years with in-country telecommunication expertise and a dedicated local support team. Our enhanced infrastructure further enables us to offer faster and quality connectivity in and out of the Philippines. Not only does it equip our customers with cable diversity and options for network resiliency, it also offers a truly end-to-end solution that fits their increasing bandwidth demands,” said Alfred Au Yeung, Head of Strategic Transactions, Global Wholesale at Telstra.
The joint venture is also in line with Telstra’s strategy to deepen its presence in high-growth Asian markets. In recent years, Telstra has been actively expanding its footprint in Asia through partnerships and investments.