Hong Kong-based fixed line operator HGC Global and China Telecom have signed an MOU for the construction of an interconnect network between Hong Kong and the Zhuhai-Macau (HZM) bridge. The companies say this will be the first interconnection between Hong Kong and mainland China’s fixed line service providers on the HZM Bridge and is HGC’s fifth cross-border route between Mainland China and Hong Kong.
Since 2000, HGC has self-financed and constructed fibre optic cable systems at Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To and Lo Wu, and in 2008 was the first carrier to provide cross-border telecom services through the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor. When the fibre connection on the HZM Bridge comes into operation, HGC says it will retain its leading position among Hong Kong carriers as operating the most cross-border connections to the mainland. The new link boosts capacity by at least 100 Gbps, with design capacity of 8 Tbps.
Adding the fifth connection will strengthen network routing diversification, catering to high-end customers’ demand for high quality and reliable telecom services. The new fibre connection will provide capacity for anticipated growth in cross-border traffic. Once the interconnection is in place, the fibre cable will stretch along the 29.6 km dual 3-lane carriageway – including a 6.7 km tunnel – and connecting the boundary crossing facilities in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau.
Andrew Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of HGC, said: “The fibre cable deployed by HGC at the Hong Kong link road section of the HZM Bridge is now in service, offering fibre and transmission capacity even before the official opening of the bridge.”
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