After difficult courtship, Telstra and PCCW tie the knot

Telstra and Hong Kong's Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW) have put a rocky few months behind them to announce the consummation of their alliance.

Initially outlined in October last year, the companies formally announced the establishment of three joint venture companies.

They include the Internet Protocol backbone company (IPBC), to be incorporated as Reach. It will provide voice and data/Internet connectivity service in Asia.

The company, which is equally owned by Telstra and PCCW, will operate as an independent entity.

As will the Regional Wireless Company (RWC), which has been established to develop and operate mobile telecommunications businesses across the region.

The third company, the Internet Data Centre Company (IDC) will own and operate a network of Internet data centres throughout the Asia/Pacific region, initially located outside PCCW and Telstra's home markets.

The centres will focus on hosting services and a range of Internet and e-enabled service offerings.

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