PCCW Global is the international connectivity division of Hong Kong’s dominant telco HKT. It provides connectivity solutions to multinationals in 150 countries around the world.
In November of last year it acquired an automated provisioning and routing software company called Console Connect.
Console Connect runs a software-defined interconnect platform that competes with the likes of MegaPort.
Console Connect’s automated provisioning and routing solution is simple and easy to use. It’s built with customer experience at its heart, eliminating the complexity of network configuration so the customer can focus on its core business.
Customers can use the application to quickly provision elementary solutions like one port and one cross-connect up to much more complex solutions. The software-defined interconnect can tie together enterprise data centres, headquarters to regional centres, and branch offices.
Also, one can link business partners, supply change and get private high-speed access to public cloud providers such as AWS and other IaaS players.
Other possible uses could be applications and services like video conferencing, unified communications and service desks to improve performance and security.
The fact this is all software-defined and able to be controlled by API’s means that organisations can enable either quick provisioning and bandwidth adjustment by humans or true automation.
Console Connect also provides tools to monitor one's connection performance and view bandwidth allocation and utilisation.
“Console Connect enables access to some of the major cloud service providers across the globe for customers to access through the platform, including AWS, Azure, Alibaba. By the third quarter this year, we aim to have all major cloud service providers on board as well as additional major SaaS providers” says Ronnie Klingner, President of Mobility and Digital Solutions, PCCW Global
“The PCCW Global IP network is at the heart of Console Connect. We go to many parts of the world that others do not. Owning the network enables us to offer unique flexibility on bandwidth and terms. Other companies focus on the U.S. and Europe, and maybe one or two parts of Asia. PCCW Global is very diverse with presence all over North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and most markets in Asia. We are not starting from scratch. PCCW ZGlobal already services a significant multinational customer base. It is far easier for our existing customers and partners to join Console Connect’s platform, compared to other companies who may not yet have the scale of our global network. We are already here” says Klingner