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Trading Telecoms Bandwidth in Asia: A demonstration and explanation Paula Brillson, founder & Managing Director Hong Kong, 24 June 1999.

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1 Trading Telecoms Bandwidth in Asia: A demonstration and explanation Paula Brillson, founder & Managing Director Hong Kong, 24 June 1999

2 OUTLINE Evolution of the Telecoms Brokering Market (Focus on Asia) Role of Exchange/Clearinghouse Creation of Liquid Markets

3 Rapid Growth... The Asian market alone exceeds 14.3 billion minutes with annual growth of 13.5%. At least 60% of this amount flows between Asian destinations. Source: Telegeography, 1999.

4 Hong Kong: a logical hub for trading activities 3.8 Billion Minutes routed in 1998 Competitive Market 4 FTNS 104 ETS (additional applications pending) 44 International Calling Card 23 VPNs

5 Market Drivers Liberalisation Increased Competition Advances in Technology More Available Capacity Internet Proliferation (global economies)

6 The Situation: Brokers Perspective As commissions shrink, brokers must process more transactions in order to maintain revenues Must find ways to attract new customers and create loyalty (avoid broker-bypass) Must operate more efficiently

7 The Situation: Carriers Perspective As rates decrease, profit margins shrink More players require more sales staff to negotiate/develop relationships Must have immediate access to rate and market information Must operate more efficiently (reduce lead time for implementing deals, use bandwidth more efficiently)

8 The Opportunity: Centralised Trading Facilities via Internet Centralised Database: Most competitive Bids/Offers One contract with the Exchange Standardised contract terms (quality, size, delivery, credit and liability provisions) Clear transactions Provide timely market information Provide benchmark for quality and rates

9 Commonly Asked Questions How do transactions get cleared? How do settlements work? What happens when buyer/seller defaults? What happens to traditional carrier-to-carrier relationships? How does trading through an exchange increase efficiency?

10 Commonly Asked Question No. 1 How do transactions get cleared? Step1.Sign Traders Agreement with ACE Step 2. Connect to ACE Telehub/Pay Subscription Fee Step 3.List Rates to BUY or SELL Step 4.When BID or OFFER is accepted, route is tested for quality, deposit is posted, traffic flows

11 Commonly Asked Question No. 2 How do settlements work? Settle with the Exchange on weekly basis COMMISSIONS ARE: ACE TELEHUB: Value of Contract x OTC TRADES: Value of Contract x 0.01

12 Commonly Asked Question No. 3 What happens when buyer/seller defaults? Contracts are monthly and are based on take-or- pay arrangements Seller Default - Pays price between contract rate and spot rate (next most competitive rate listed in the market for the same, agreed-to quality level) Opportunity to cure default for reduced quality level if lower rate can be mutually agreed to

13 Commonly Asked Question No. 4 What happens to traditional carrier-to-carrier relationships? Trading through Exchanges will not replace carrier-to-carrier agreements (at least not in short term) Carriers maintain relationship with largest customers while using the Exchange to do business with smaller, new entrant players

14 Commonly Asked Question No. 5 How does trading through an exchange increase efficiency? Lowered Transaction Costs Reduced Inventory More Efficient Customer Service Lower Sales And Marketing Costs New Sales Opportunities

15 Whats Next? Educate the Market (Carriers/Brokers/Market Makers) Set standards/create standards body Introduce Risk Management Products (through collecting historical data on supply/demand) Forward, Futures and Options Trading

16 Commoditization of Telecoms is Underway in Asia….


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