NTT appoints Abhijit Dubey as new Global CEO

NTT Ltd. has announced the appointment of a new Global CEO after Jason Goodall announced his retirement from the position.

Abhijit Dubey will take on the role from April 1 2021. Mr. Dubey will join NTT after serving 20 years as a Senior Partner at international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Goodall expressed his confidence over the decision and will work with Mr. Dubey in the first half of 2021 to ensure a smooth handover.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Abhijit to the NTT family in 2021 to lead the next generation of our business. He shares our passion for the technology industry and the role that technology can play in helping make the world a better place,” he said.

With many organisations all around the world gearing up for a post-pandemic digital transformation, Mr. Dubey vows to assist employees and clients to leverage technology for good.

“NTT is privileged to be a critical technology services partner for many of the world’s leading companies and public sector organisations, with employees in over 73 countries around the world. I’m excited about the opportunity to lead this next chapter for NTT,” said Mr. Dubey.

Mr. Dubey will join NTT in February, and will be based in NTT’s headquarters in London.

“With many NTT clients accelerating their digital transformation because of the global pandemic, there has never been a more important time for the technology industry to deliver for the world. I am passionate about NTT’s purpose, strategy, and part it will play to help clients, employees and communities leverage technology for good,” he added.

After a three-month handover period, Mr. Goodall will formally retire from his role on June 30, 2021. He will remain as Board Director for NTT, as well as strategic advisor for NTT’s Venture Capital business. 

Tsunehisa Okuno, the Chairman of NTT. Ltd. thanked Mr. Goodall for his 23 years of service and looked forward to welcoming Mr. Dubey.

Global CEO of NTT Ltd. to retire in mid 2021

NTT Ltd.’s Global Chief Executive Officer, Jason Goodall, has announced his intention to retire in June next year.

Mr. Goodall served 23 years in the company and has taken on many senior leadership roles, including the Global CEO of NTT’s subsidiary Dimension Data, and the inaugural Global CEO of NTT Ltd.

Mr. Goodall will remain as a Board Director for the company, and a strategic business advisor for NTT’s Venture Capital arm.

“Having successfully completed the first phase of the integration and managed the impact of COVID-19 this year, Jason is leaving an incredible legacy,” said NTT in a statement.

A successor for Mr. Goodall will be named in the coming weeks, but Mr. Goodall will remain as Global CEO until April 2021, and will work with said successor for three months to ensure a smooth handover.

By Jie Yee Ong, Tech Reporter

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uCloudlink and NTT partner on cloud SIM development

Hong Kong-based mobile technology company uCloudlink has announced it will partner with NTT Group to launch DoRACOON, a new initiative that will pilot a commercial cloud SIM to power a stable mobile broadband access environment in Japan.

The initiative will see uCloudlink joining forces with NTT Media Supply, NTT Group’s tech development subsidiary, to provide a stable, cloud-based mobile broadband environment to public and private sectors in Japan.

The Cloud SIM is intended to allow users to obtain superior network connection quality, guaranteed high network speed, improved connectivity reliability and network capacity.

DoRACOON will leverage uCloudlink’s cloud SIM, its core patented technology, and Jetfon Smart-Fi devices jointly developed by uCloudlink and MAYA, a Wi-Fi and smartphone company.

The project is expected to bring greater connectivity to remote areas in Japan, and boost the development of businesses in the country. This is particularly important, as a Government report from November revealed the essential need for digitalisation of society for boosts in productivity and future economic growth in the ‘new normal’.

uCloudlink and NTT Group expect to provide a stable mobile broadband access environment across the country, even in areas where it is difficult to lay optic fiber.

In fact, DoRACOON was already on trial for business users in July this year, but it is expected to expand into other important sectors, including education, tourism, medical treatment, catering, and agriculture.

By Jie Yee Ong, Tech Reporter

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Mitsubishi to build 1,400 MW power plant in Thailand

Japan’s Mitsubishi Power has signed a 25-year, full turnkey contract with Thailand’s Hin Kong Power to construct a 1,400 MW power plant.

A subsidiary of Japan’s famous Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Power will provide two gas turbines for Kin Hong’s power plant, which is a natural gas-fired turbine combined cycle (GTCC) facility.

This agreement will be of immense benefit to Thailand. As an emerging tech market, the construction of power plants means more electricity generated, and more electricity means more capacity to power a wide array of technology solutions.

Kin Hong’s power plant will be built approximately 100 kilometres west of Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. As a GTCC facility, the power plant will generate the cleanest and most efficient source of energy among systems that use fossil fuels. 

The plant will also reuse excess gas from the turbines to drive the steam turbine, producing electricity in the process. So, compared to conventional coal-fired thermal power plants, CO2 emissions can be reduced by 70%, providing an annual reduction of seven million tonnes of CO2 from the 1,400 MW of generating capacity.

The power generated will then be sold directly to the state’s Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

Commercial operations of both gas turbines are projected to begin in March 2024 and January 2025 respectively. Mitsubishi Power will also provide maintenance support for the gas turbines for the next 25 years.

This is not the only time Mitsubishi Power has worked with Hin Kong Power’s parent company RATCH Group and Gulf Energy Development, two major independent power producers in Thailand. 

Including this project, Mitsubishi Power will have supplied a total of 22 gas turbines for the two companies, totalling over 15,000 MW of power generation capacity. The track record established between Mitsubishi Power and these two companies led to this current contract.

Thailand is one of few Southeast Asian nations that show strong growth potential in data center and cloud industries. In September, it was predicted that the cloud computing industry will create 24,000 new jobs in the country by 2024.

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NTT looks to the cloud to digitally transform businesses in Thailand

NTT has announced its business direction to deliver cloud services to help businesses in Thailand accelerate their digital transformation.

The global technology services provider will implement its Digital Solution, Managed Service, and Intelligent Cybersecurity as part of its key strategy to penetrate the Thailand market along with a new Client Experience Center to showcase their innovations from across the world.

“It’s now a crucial time for digital transformation and we see that technology is a crucial part to help businesses achieve the goal, differentiate themselves from competitors, and develop in-depth information to generate higher incomes and profits,” said Sutas Kongdumrongkiat, the CEO for NTT in Thailand.

NTT predicts the cloud market in Thailand shows high potential, as demand and growth continues in the country, giving the country the opportunity to leapfrog more mature economies due to improvements in connectivity and data center risk.

“We think from now on, the use of the cloud in Thailand will grow higher. And it is expected that the total market value of the cloud in Thailand will continue to grow,” added Mr. Kongdumrongkiat.

And NTT might be right as the Government approved a US$146.6 million state cloud, AWS has expanded their services in the country and cloud computing may generate more than 24,000 jobs in Thailand.

The solutions NTT will aim to provide Thailand with data center interconnectivity across the world through their SD-WAN solution, a cloud system to ensure stable and fast connections and a cybersecurity system to remain safe from cyberthreats and compliant in protecting data.

NTT’s new 393 square meter Client Experience Center located on 17th Floor, Column Tower in Bangkok will also showcase innovations, including advanced digital technology used in the Tour de France, a Robotic Process Automation system, and Realwear – the wearable voice operated Android computer.

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NTT helps 1,000 employees at Indonesia’s WOM Finance move to the cloud with Google’s G Suite

Indonesia’s Wahana Ottomitra Multiartha (WOM Finance) has successfully migrated to Google’s cloud-native platform G Suites with the help of NTT.

The global technology services provider NTT helped more than 1,000 employees at the Jakarta-based financial services provider move from their legacy mail server to G Suite within a month to accelerate their access to intelligent cloud-based apps. This signals the company’s commitment to implementing digital transformation in the workplace. 

“By going digital, we can make faster decisions in a safe and secure manner that will translate into better customer experience,” said Anthony Y. Panggabean, Director of WOM Finance.

Prior to the transition, WOM Finance’s daily operations were restricted by a mail server that was unable to handle scaling up to meet growing business demands. The lack of a centralised communications platform also meant that correspondence between employees were carried out independently “without explicit IT department approval”.

With Google G Suites being introduced to the workplace, WOM Finance’s business activities are now condensed in a single platform. 

Felix Priscellius, IT Division Head for WOM Finance, said they have experienced cost savings, less downtime and greater security, enabling them to scale up as quickly as the business grows.

In a time where remote and mobile-first working environments are more common than ever, WOM Finance’s digital transformation is a prime example of how cloud-based technologies are being adopted at a rapid pace with the help of cloud-based experts.

“We are truly excited about empowering WOM Finance on their workplace transformation journey to discover more dynamic ways to collaborate securely,” said Hendra Lesmana, the CEO for NTT Indonesia Solutions.

NTT has made many strides this year to expand their digital footprint and strengthen their cloud strategies through partnerships with Megaport and Microsoft.

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NTT to strengthen hybrid and multi-cloud enterprise strategies with Megaport partnership

NTT Ltd. has announced an expanded partnership with Megaport to strengthen their hybrid and multi-cloud strategies for enterprises.

The global technology services provider will deploy Megaport’s Point of Presence at its Tai Po Data Center in Hong Kong as part of the agreement.

“Our deepened partnership with Megaport is a result of rising demand for more secure, reliable and agile hybrid cloud solutions within our data center networks in Hong Kong,” said Steven So, the EVP of Group ICTI for Data Center Services at NTT Ltd in APAC.

Hybrid and multi-cloud solutions are predicted to dominate, as cloud computing is expected to be the platform of choice for emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things.

“The deployment of an additional PoP is an important milestone for us to deliver unparalleled end-to-end solutions that help enterprises navigate digital transformation through unprecedented uncertainty,” added Mr. So.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for remote working and dependence on cloud-based technology for enterprises.

The new Megaport PoP is an expansion from NTT’s existing PoP at their Financial Data Center in Hong Kong. The partnership will enable direct, scalable, and secure connections to cloud service providers, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Nutanix Xi Cloud, Salesforce and SAP.

The PoP provides a single port, supporting multiple virtual connections to allow businesses to connect to their chosen cloud provider, or build a hybrid or multi-cloud infrastructure.

The dual PoPs at the NTT Financial Data Center and Tai Po Data Center are said to enhance resiliency and reduce the risk of downtime through dual PoP solutions.

The extended partnership between NTT and Megaport adds to the cloud connect services offered by the two organisations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

This month, NTT also announced expansion plans for India, Indonesia and Malaysia as well as a new Private Cloud for Enterprise service in Hong Kong and Singapore to help clients meet growing demands in their digital transformation journeys.

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NTT Global Data Centers to expand into India, Indonesia and Malaysia

NTT Ltd. has announced plans to expand its Global Data Centers division in nine locations, including India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Japan’s largest telecommunications company and one of the world’s largest data center providers will provide over 400 megawatts of IT load across all nine markets upon completion of the new data centers.

“Organizations today demand an ever-expanding global platform to reach their growing digital business objectives,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, the Senior Executive Vice President of Services for NTT Ltd.

NTT selected locations to support interconnected ecosystems around ‘the world’s most important business and government hubs’.

“Our data centers will include the latest data center technology for security, reliability and energy efficiency,” added Mr. Moribayashi.

All nine new data centers will be set up for clients to use renewable energy if they choose, as NTT has committed to investing in a sustainable future for the planet.

“We are pleased to leverage our deep construction expertise and the strength of our capital resources to extend our line of data center facilities – with more to come,” said Ryuichi Matsuo, the Executive Vice President for NTT’s Global Data Centers division.

When will NTT’s new data centers go live?

One of the first of NTT’s nine data centers to be completed will be in Mumbai, India, which is expected to go live by this quarter. The Mumbai 7 Data Center will offer a 25MW IT load and will be the third facility in NTT’s Chandivali campus.

Also this quarter, NTT will open data centers in London and Tokyo as well as Oregon and Virginia in the United States.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, NTT aims to open its fifth data center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. The new Cyberjaya 5 Data Center will have a 5.6MW critical IT load, designed to meet the requirements of hyperscalers and high-end enterprises.

The telecommunications giant also plans to go live with new facilities in Munich, Germany and Chicago, USA.

Finally, in the first half of 2021, NTT will go live with Indonesia’s largest data center known as Indonesia Jakarta 3 Data Center. The new campus in Bekasi, Indonesia will be capable of 45MW of critical IT load once fully developed.

“By increasing our global footprint during this pandemic, we can support our clients as their demand increases for reliable, robust cloud services, cloud communications, digital entertainment and new technology such as artificial intelligence,” said Mr. Matsuo.

In 2019, NTT created their new Global Data Centers division, combining subsidiaries, including e-shelter, Gyron, NetMagic, DPA, Nexcenter and RagingWire.

The nine new data centers by NTT will add to their current 500,000 square metres of colocation space across 160 data centers located in more than 20 countries and regions.

Earlier this month, NTT also announced the launch of a new Private Cloud for Enterprise service in Hong Kong and Singapore today to be a core component of their Intelligent Data Center and hybrid cloud capabilities.

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NTT launches new private cloud for enterprises in Singapore and Hong Kong

NTT announced the launch of a new Private Cloud for Enterprise service in Hong Kong and Singapore today to help clients meet growing demands in their digital transformation journeys.

The new service is a core component of the global technology services provider’s Intelligent Data Center and hybrid cloud capabilities.

“Enterprises today are using various applications with a large amount of data stored in various platforms and they want to manage their hybrid IT securely,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, the Senior Executive Vice President of Services for NTT Ltd.

Hybrid IT and cloud adoption is becoming more and more essential in enabling business growth and digital transformation by bringing benefits like greater scalability, cost efficiency and security. This has resulted in the Hybrid Cloud market rising from a value of US$45.70 billion in 2019 to an estimated US$128 billion by 2025.

“Our Private Cloud service will specifically target high growth sectors supporting clients to manage their critical applications, including SAP, to enhance the agility and flexibility in securely managing large volumes of data in the cloud,” added Mr. Moribayashi.

The private cloud market adoption is also growing as part of its role in the hybrid cloud environment, as enterprises recognise how private cloud can support key security, governance, performance and regulatory compliance requirements.

“Financial clients can quickly develop new businesses by incorporating the latest technologies while complying with security regulation in each country. Manufacturers can fuel growth of their business leveraging private cloud to power critical and time-sensitive business operations,” said Mr. Moribayashi.

The new Private Cloud for Enterprise service by NTT in Hong Kong and Singapore will add to their existing coverage in the United States and Europe.

“We are proactive in our development of high-performance software solutions and with Private Cloud for Enterprise, we are able to leverage the most up-to-date technology to deliver enhanced network economics to our customers,” said Ramnik Kamo, the EVP for Global Operations and CIO of Mavenir.

NTT intends to invest further in Hong Kong and Singapore to expand its capabilities to address the market needs for customised and dedicated private cloud deployments.

“Cloud is now recognized broadly by enterprises as a critical part of their IT infrastructure, and a key to enabling transformation strategies. Enterprises should view hybrid cloud as a core, strategic initiative,” said Liam Eagle, the Research Director at 451 Research, which is a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

In June, NTT Data, a partially-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), also announced an alliance with Microsoft to accelerate enterprise customer’s digital transformation using Microsoft Azure as their preferred cloud solution.

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