8x8 is responding to its multinational enterprise customers' movement into the Asia-Pacific market by expanding the reach of its global cloud communications network in the region.
A particular focus of this latest Asia-Pacific initiative is Australia. To penetrate that market, 8x8 has established a partnership with EntrustICT, a Victoria, Australia-based provider of wholesale services, to offer its Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center solutions to the Australian market.
8x8 has also established a point of presence in Equinix's SY3 facility in Sydney. What's significant about this facility is that it provides access to Equinix's network ecosystem of over 975 global network providers, 120 of which are based in Australia. It also includes a direct link to the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) and PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1), the only location where access to the two largest peering points is available.
By opening this facility in Sydney, 8x8 now maintains eight data center operations in five global regions--United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Australia.
Asia-Pacific is just one of several international areas where 8x8 has been extending its service presence.
Throughout 2013 and 2014, the service provider had made a number of moves to enhance its capabilities in Europe through a mix of acquisitions, including its deal to acquire Voicenet Solutions and its partnership with Interxion. Following its acquisition of Voicenet Solutions, 8x8 began offering its unified communication and collaboration services in the U.K. and broader European market.
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