Converge allowed to provide connectivity in Singapore

Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. has received the greenlight to provide international connectivity services in Singapore via wholly-owned subsidiary, Converge ICT Singapore Pte. Ltd. (Converge SG), the telco disclosed Wednesday, January 4.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), a statutory board under the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information, has approved the application of Converge SG for a Facilities-Based Operations (FBO) License.

Effective January 3, 2023, Converge SG can start deploying telecommunications infrastructure and provide connectivity services and fiber optic cable capacity to wholesale and enterprise customers in the Southeast Asian city state.

“We can now directly service clients in Singapore to cater their growing needs for intra-Asia and Trans-Pacific connectivity requirements,” says Converge CEO and Converge SG Director Dennis Anthony H. Uy.

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Converge can now provide international connectivity services in Singapore including Ethernet-International Private Line (E-IPL) service, Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) service, Carrier Ethernet Network service, Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) services using Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), and sale and resale of submarine cable capacities.

In 2021, Converge incorporatiled Converge SG to market and sell its international cable capacity to carriers, ISPs, and telcos operating in Singapore.

The establishment of its Singapore subsidiary means that Wholesale will continuously be an important driver for the telco’s Enterprise business.

During its third-quarter performance report last year, the Wholesale segment of Converge grew 52 percent, as it monetized capacity on its domestic and international fiber network.

The Converge international network is one of the biggest in the country and continues to expand with its participation in the Bifrost Cable System and the South-East Asia Hainan-Hongkong Express Cable System (SEA-H2X).

Both of these are expected to be operational by next year.

Converge also boosted its international network capacity by an additional 3.2 Tbps in the EAC-C2C cable systems, making its international connectivity configuration fully redundant.

The Converge Group has points-of-presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA.

“Our international backbone is now one of the biggest in the country, running at half utilization,” according to Converge Chief Operations Officer, Jesus C. Romero.

“We designed it that way so in case of fiber outage or submarine earthquakes, customer experience will not be affected,” he explained.

“Our diverse, fully redundant international network and the establishment of the Singapore office will help us make the Philippines a digital transit hub in Asia,” Romero stressed.

Wholesale bandwidth is typically bought by telecommunication companies and ISPs to provide the bandwidth capacity needed for their own connectivity solutions and customer applications including email, file sharing, web hosting, data backup, video, VOIP, or VPN access.

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