The popular Asian mobile messaging application Wechat has attained immense popularity in a relatively short span of time. According to a recent report from Macquarie Securities, since its debut in 2011, the instant messaging application that debuted in 2011 has garnered 300 million registered users in China’s domestic market alone, and the company has been spending a good amount of money to promote the application in emerging markets beyond Asia.
With the overseas population of Wechat users now exceeding 100 million, the company is faced with the challenge of addressing high-volume data transmission needs. Tencent, the company responsible for Wechat, decided to tackle the situation by partnering with Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC), a company known for its fiber-to-the-building telecommunications networks in Hong Kong.
Hutchinson has been Tencent’s telecom partner since 2005. The new IDC (News - Alert) partnership marks a new milestone in the relationship of the two companies. Under the partnership, HGC will be providing Tencent with data center services and network resources at its Wong Chuk Hang Data Center in Hong Kong, a preferred destination for companies looking to set up international Internet connection hubs.
This ISO 27001 information security management accredited facility will help Tencent handle rapid business development and meet high-volume data transmission needs.
In addition Tencent is also going to leverage HGC’s fiber-to-the-building network in Hong Kong as well as its overseas infrastructure supported by telecoms specialists in the international market.
In short, the partnership with HGC aims to provide Tencent with a solid network resource foundation to support the company’s long-term business development goals.
Last year, Hutchison Global Communications Limited obtained permission to provide the country of Myanmar with international data and voice services. The firm will offer these services, including MPLS connectivity, through co-operation with an authorized Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications representative. With this, HGC became first telecom provider to serve Myanmar's data and voice markets via MPLS.