HONG KONG and BOXBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2013) -  PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT (SEHK: 6823), Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, and Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier, all-fiber provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, have signed an agreement to establish international Ethernet interconnectivity (E-NNIs) between their networks, enabling both companies to leverage each other's network footprint and offer end users additional networking solutions. 

By establishing this Ethernet interconnect, Lightower will extend its Switched and Dedicated regional Ethernet reach beyond the United States and into 86 countries covered by PCCW Global's Ethernet network with more than 100 Ethernet PoPs deployed on its leading-edge international MPLS backbone.

Connecting major carrier hotels within New York and Chicago, the new E-NNIs enhance PCCW Global's Ethernet capabilities in the United States and will bridge the East Coast and Mid-West regions, thus accelerating PCCW Global's plans to further expand its Ethernet service offerings into the United States. PCCW Global is continuously expanding its services into new markets and developing its business into far-flung locations worldwide with carrier MPLS and Ethernet interconnects reaching more than 3,000 destinations in 130 countries.

This collaboration also connects enterprises from developed metro markets in the United States to any developed or emerging market across the globe. Both Lightower and PCCW Global could benefit from the interconnection and have seen strategic value in working together to offer greater reach and connectivity to their mutual customers.

As one of the largest pure fiber providers in the United States, Lightower's expansive network was optimized for high performance, high capacity applications. With over 20,000 route miles of network providing access to over 7,500 service locations, Lightower offers dense end-to-end, all-fiber networking.

Mr. Richard Brolly, President of Americas of PCCW Global, said, "PCCW Global is honored to be Lightower's first international Ethernet bilateral partner. We are confident that this collaboration will provide an unparalleled quality of experience to our regional and global customers who will leverage Lightower's capabilities throughout the United States."

Mr. Scott Levy, Vice President of Carrier Sales for Lightower, said, "Ethernet interconnectivity affords carriers flexible ways to expand into new markets and leverage cutting-edge services. With these E-NNIs, PCCW Global is able to rapidly launch services in the U.S. market, especially in high demand markets such as Herndon Virginia and New York City. With our unique and redundant facilities, Lightower offers carriers secure access to 130 data centers, and over 115 carrier hotels and central offices." 

About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is an operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited.

Covering more than 3,000 cities and 130 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, and Voice over IPX (VoIPX) services.

PCCW Global runs regional centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, Paris in France, London in the United Kingdom, Gossilies in Belgium, Johannesburg in South Africa, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Beijing in China, Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in Korea, Singapore, while our team maintains presence in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

About HKT
HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

Together with the highly successful media business of its parent company, PCCW Limited, HKT offers innovative media content and services across the PCCW Group's unique quadruple-play platforms -- fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile.

About Lightower Fiber Networks
Lightower Fiber Networks is the premier provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance. Serving enterprise, government, carrier and data center customers, our comprehensive suite of fiber-based solutions is delivered across a robust, dense and highly-reliable network. The company offers over 20,000 route miles of network, providing access to over 7,500 service locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Chicago Metro with connectivity to critical international landing sites. Lightower Fiber Networks is headquartered in Boxborough, MA. For more information, please visit www.lightower.com or call 1.888.LT.FIBER.

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
Group Communications Manager
PCCW Group
Tel: +852 2883 8747

Jaymie Scotto & Associates
Lightower Fiber Networks
Tel: +1 866-695-3629