South Africa’s MTN Group has signed an agreement with PCCW Global, the international operating division of Hong Kong’s HKT, which will enable MTN to expand the coverage of its global Virtual Private Network (VPN) to countries in Europe, Asia and North America, where it currently does not have a presence. The agreement will allow MTN Business subscribers to benefit from Wide Area Network (WAN), Local Area Network (LAN) and managed Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) services in 130 countries and 3,000 cities worldwide.
MTN’s global VPN service offers a layer-3 service (MPLS, Internet Protocol (IP) and VPN) with the ability to prioritise customer traffic on an application-by-application basis. Customers are thus able to rank their connectivity needs between voice and data, as and when required, and can also combine different types of data over a single network. MTN launched its global VPN service in 2013, with an extensive presence in six countries – South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Djibouti, Tanzania and the United Kingdom. Since then, a further five countries have been added to this footprint, namely, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Zambia and Senegal.