HGC launches new ISP in Manila

29 March 2023

From left to right: Onno Bos (AMS-IX), Ruben van den Brink (AMS-IX), Cliff Tan (HGC), Michael de Castro (HGC)

From left to right: Onno Bos (AMS-IX), Ruben van den Brink (AMS-IX), Cliff Tan (HGC), Michael de Castro (HGC)

HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) has announced the launch of a new Internet Exchange in Manila, the Philippines.

The new Internet Exchange was officially announced and celebrated during the 10th anniversary festivities of AMS-IX Hong Kong, in the presence of the consul general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong and Macao and representative from the office of the communications authority.

The strategic partnership between HGC and AMS-IX aims to enhance the quality of internet all over the world. AMS-IX is one of the world’s largest peering hubs. Their peering expertise complements HGC’s extensive global network and digital infrastructure, which results in a partnership that can bridge the West and the East. Over the years, HGC and AMS-IX have successfully launched and fostered four IX’s in Hong Kong, Singapore, Chicago, and Bay Area, with AMS-IX Bangkok to go live later this year.

AMS-IX along with HGC as the telco partner are committed to maintain Hong Kong as the digital gateway for Asia. With this strong partnership, HGC and AMS-IX will further eye on more emerging markets to contribute to the internet community.

“We are honored and pleased to announce a tenable milestone of our cooperation with AMS-IX. HGC is ready to extend IX services as part of our edge ecosystem (EdgeX by HGC). We have faith to keep on investing in Hong Kong as a digital hub and further expand our coverage to the region,” said Ravindran Mahalingam, senior vice president, international business of HGC.

The latest expansion in Manila, Philippines marks the 6th IX that HGC and AMS-IX operate together. The Philippines has one of the world’s highest data usage with over 80 million internet users and one of the highest potential strategic hub for internet and cables. The country’s digital boom is related to its thriving economic development hence making the country a market cornerstone for IX players.

HGC and AMS-IX are ready to capitalise on the mass demand for low latency, resilient and cost-efficient internet delivery through peering at a premium and neutral internet exchange. Through establishing an eminent IX with locally owned fibre infrastructure, this collaboration paves the way for data centres, OTT, content providers, gaming, cloud service providers, MNOs and hyperscalers to access the Philippines.

“We are excited to launch a new Internet Exchange in the Philippines with a partner with whom we have such a strong and long-standing partnership,” said Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX. “The people at HGC share our values, motivation and commitment to bring affordable, high-quality Internet to all corners of the world. We are looking forward to jointly engage the local Internet community and support the development of the Internet in the Philippines.”