Axiata centralises connectivity with Epsilon’s ePoP
By Digital News Asia April 8, 2014
- Virtual PoP established in Singapore using Epsilon
- Consolidation of interconnects intended to create new efficiencies for the group
PAN-Asia mobile group Axiata has established a virtual point of presence (PoP) in Singapore, using global communications service provider Epilson’s ePoP solution to consolidate its interconnects from across its mobile subsidiaries.
Intended to create new efficiencies, the development of the ‘Axiata International Hub’ will allow the group’s mobile subsidiaries to interconnect with their network operator partners.
A virtual presence requires no capital investment and allows Axiata to centralise its interconnects, giving it greater purchasing power for each subsidiary and eliminating any duplication of partner interconnects.
Elisabeth Schwarz, regional director, Carrier Business APAC at Epsilon said the company’s ePoP solution offered Axiata a way to reduce costs and drive efficiencies across the group.
“The Axiata International Hub means that each subsidiary no longer has to pursue their own interconnects with partners and have the added advantage of purchasing as a group,” she added.
Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. The group reported US$ 5.8 billion in revenue for 2013 and under its various brands, has around 244 million mobile subscribers across Asia.
“Its unique footprint and commitment to serving high growth markets is a great fit for us and we are delivering real benefits at the group level and through to Axiata’s subsidiaries across Asia,” said Schwarz.
The ePoP solution leverages Epsilon’s over 500 pre-connected carriers on its Global Network Exchange as well as its pre-existing colocation facilities to offer Axiata a complete virtual PoP solution.
Epsilon has PoPs in 22 cities across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East with increasing presence in high-growth markets around the world.