PCCW brings software-defined fibre offering to Australian market

Created March 14, 2020
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Console Connect, the software-defined connectivity platform from PCCW Global, has been launched into the Australian market. Console Connect competes against similar interconnetion technology from the likes of Megaport, Equinix and PackFabric.

Customers can now use Console Connect in multiple data centres in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, the Hong Kong telecoms provider.

The automated Console Connect fabric is underpinned by PCCW Global’s Tier-1 IP backbone and one of the largest MPLS networks in the world, spanning more than 160 countries and 3,000 cities.

Michael Glynn, vice president of digital automated innovation at PCCW Global, said, “This marks our 40th country on the platform. Its advantage is its build on top of the PCCW Global MPLS network, which today incorporates 664,000km of diverse cable capacity and over 22tb/s of global fibre capacity, affording our customers access to a fully redundant, non-contended global network environment.”

He added, “Over the past few months, we have increased our international connectivity into Australia with three cable systems linking with Asia and to the US.”

The network-as-a-service platform is fully integrated with the world’s leading cloud and IX (internet exchange) providers, including Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba and Tencent. Customers on the platform can purchase access ports in 128 leading on-net data centres throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, Asia and now Australia.

The technology enables users to instantly self-provision fully protected, uncontended, layer 2 connectivity on-demand worldwide, with flexible durations from one day to one year, all priced on a pay-as-you-go basis. Services can be turned on in a few clicks between, and among, customer access ports or to multiple clouds, SaaS/IoT partners and IXs that have already interconnected with the platform globally.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation