Arkadin, Chunghwa Telecom collaborate on conferencing as Savvis, Digital Realty complete Hong Kong data center

Incumbent Taiwanese telecommunications service provider Chunghwa Telecom (NYSE: CHT) has entered into a partnership agreement with collaboration services provider Arkadin to serve as its audio and web collaboration services provider, a joint news release said.

The Chunghwa-Arkadin relationship "is a highly strategic partnership between two companies with similar goals to provide the highest quality audio conferencing and collaboration services on the market (so that) Chunghwa customers will now have a broader range of conferencing options, including audio, Web conferencing and event services," T.F. Leng, president of Chunghwa Telecom International Business Group said in the news release."

Arkadin will establish local operations in Taipei—coincidentally its 50th global office—to underscore its commitment to the partnership, the company said.

"A core competitive advantage is our localized approach to business," Serge Genetet, Arkadin's executive vice president of Asia Pacific said in the news release, noting that it's the company's policy to "seek partnerships with telecoms who share similar commitment to growth and customer service excellence."

In other Asia-Pacific news, a joint venture between Digital Realty and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) subsidiary Savvis completed the acquisition of a 164,000-square-foot data center facility in Hong Kong.

Localized operations are also the key of the Digital Realty-Savvis acquisition which, a news release said, builds on Savvis' existing local presence.

"The completion of this acquisition with Digital Realty helps us further address demand for managed services, colocation and cloud solutions in the high-growth Hong Kong market," Mark Smith, Asian managing director of Savvis said in the news release.

It will, added Kris Kumar, senior vice president and regional head, Asia Pacific, for Digital Realty make Hong Kong "a data center hub for cloud services."

Construction at the site is expected to begin in the third quarter and operations to begin in mid-2013.

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