SingTel, KPN link up for network services

SingTel, KPN link up for network services

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), and Koninklijke KPN NV have agreed to link their Internet Protocol (IP) virtual private networks (VPN) to provide services between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

The linkage would be completed and go into operation almost immediately, SingTel spokesman, Chia Boon Chong, said.

The agreement links SingTel's Asia-Pacific network with KPN's European network. Combined, the networking companies would be able to offer VoIP (voice over IP) or videoconferencing services over 1000 points-of-presence, they said.

"The whole idea is to extend our coverage globally to offer customers a seamless service," Chia said.

SingTel and KPN will also pool marketing and sales resources to promote the linked services, they said.

The IP VPN systems that SingTel and KPN are linking use Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), a technology that allows customers to prioritise data traffic delivery through different classes of service over a private network, according to the companies.

The announcement comes after SingTel announced several international networking agreements with European-based companies that need to communicate with Asian-based subsidiaries, manufacturing centers and sales offices. For example, in November SingTel signed a three-year contract with the BMW Group to connect BMW offices in Asia-Pacific to its European headquarters, according to SingTel.

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