Megaport looks to Hong Kong as part of Asia Pacific expansion

Company granted facilities-based operator licence to offer 100 GbE service in Singapore

Following the granting of a facilities-based operator licence to operate telecommunications infrastructure in Singapore in January 2014, Australian network interconnection services provider Megaport is now assessing the Hong Kong market.

Founder Bevan Slattery has plans to introduce the company's 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network-as-a-service across Asia Pacific.

The company’s offering is based on an interconnection fabric which allows service providers to use a single physical Ethernet interface to connect with other parties.

Under a deal with Brocade, Megaport will use the vendor’s switching and networking equipment to rollout the service into APAC.

The completion of the 100 GbE platform in Singapore will connect organisations and cloud computing providers between data centres in the country. There are also plans to roll out a large capacity fibre optic cable network in Singapore which will provide enterprise customers and other carriers with access to dark fibre.

Slattery told Computerworld Australia that it is currently looking at the Hong Kong market.

“When we look at a market like that [Hong Kong], it involves a full assessment of the regulatory market and preparing a business case to go ahead with the investment,” he said.

“Singapore and Hong Kong are the most connected countries in our region. Both governments have made big commitments to data centres and cloud infrastructure.”

For example, he said both countries have data centre precincts.

Launched in July 2013, Megaport’s 100 GbE service is located in 18 data centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. So far, it has connected over 700 gigabits per second (Gbps) in bandwidth. Australian customers include Pacnet, Amazon Web Services and FetchTV.

Slaterry added that the company is considering expansion of the service into Perth later in 2014.

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