NTT’s Bangkok data centre to become international network hub

NTT Ltd. has announced that it will make its Bangkok data centre an international network exchange hub.

Partnering with internet exchange services companies, Japan Network Access Point (JPNAP) and Bangkok Neutral Internet Exchange (BKNIX), NTT stated that it has developed “international links” with both of them.

The company has established an internet exchange linkage in JPNAP’s Tokyo data centres and installed a Point of Presence (PoP) from BKNIX in its Bangkok data centre.

This means that NTT’s Bangkok 2 Data Center will now be able to better empower Internet Service Providers, Cloud Service Providers, and educational institutions in the area, as well as function as a content and internet traffic exchange hub.

“We’re pleased to be a part of this initiative to help drive the efficiency of Internet connectivity on an international level. With connectivity being paramount to business success, we hope this will unlock greater value for partners and providers, as they capture emerging market demands in today’s digital economy,” said Sutas Kongdumrongkiat, CEO of NTT in Thailand.

Ryuich Matsuo, NTT’s Executive Vice President for the Global Data Centers division, further added that: “Leveraging strengths in network carriers and its technical integration expertise, NTT delivers premium data center platforms around the world, giving our clients the power to deploy advanced services at the right place, with the right performance and support.”

He also stated that the company will continue to expand in 2021 by building new data centres in Indonesia, the US, UK, Germany, and Spain.

Thailand’s True Corporation earmarks $2bn to develop 5G network

Identifying 5G networks as one of its core growth pillars, Thailand’s telecom operator True Corporation is set to spend 40 – 60 billion baht (about $1,2 – $1,9 billion) in the next three to five years.

The intention is also to transform True Corporation into a tech and data firm, Bangkok Post reported.

Head of the company’s 5G working group Piroon Paireepairit said that Thailand’s 5G network rollout is “on par with Japan”, unveiling its target of 1 million 5G subscribers this year, up from 250,000 recorded in 2020.

“Once we succeed in building innovative 5G applications, Thailand will become the stage where use cases are shown to the world,” Piroon said, expecting 5G service subscriptions to rise following the availability of 5G-enabled smartphones.

Previously, Nikkei Asia also reported that Thailand is the first country in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to have commercial 5G services.

Besides developing 5G network, True will also focus on improving its 5G content production and digital solutions as the front core pillar for customers, while strengthening data analytics to serve as the back-end pillar to get insights.

“Our brand purpose is to serve as a driving force for the nation by embracing Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things for intelligent connections,” stated Oliver Kittipong Veerataecha, chief brand and communication officer at True.

As of 2021, True has expanded its 5G footprint in 77 provinces in the country, claiming as “a market shaper” to build a complete digital experience for customers.

“We are no longer a telecom firm and are set to transform into a tech and data firm to provide end-to-end digital solutions,” said Natwut Amornvivat, co-president of True Corporation.

True also announced its establishment of the special 5G technology showcase True 5G Worldtech X based at True Digital Park. The digital park is enjoying a 5G tech sandbox facility that allows system integrators and startups to employ 5G-based applications.

Report: Singapore offers the best mobile experience in SEA

Singapore provides the best overall mobile experience in Southeast Asia, according to Tutela.

The data company recently released its 2021 Southeast Asia State of Mobile Experience report, ranking the network experience of users of each country’s mobile network operators across the region. Over 55 million smartphone speed and latency tests were evaluated between August 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.

Singapore had the highest Core Consistent Quality in the region at 94.4 percent. It also has the highest Excellent Consistent Quality with 84.5 percent of connections having a network experience suitable for use-cases such as 1080p video streaming, real-time mobile gaming, and HD video calling.

Vietnam came in second for both Excellent and Core Consistent Quality at 86.1 percent. Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia follow with close Excellent Consistent Quality scores that are all above 50 percent, and Core Consistent Quality scores above 80 percent.

Image Credit: Tutela 2021 South East Asia Mobile Experience Report

The Philippines, however, did not fare so well compared to its neighbours. Its Excellent Consistent Quality score was 45.7 percent, whereas its Core Consistent Quality was 69.5 percent.

“In such a geographically small and highly advanced nation, mobile users expect near-perfect mobile experience all of the time – and the test results were strong for all operators,” said Tom Luke, Vice President at Tutela.

“As 5G rollouts continue and more 5G-capable devices become available, all of this could change in the coming months and we look forward to seeing the impact that this has on the results for all operators,” he added.

NTT Docomo forms 5G consortium in Thailand

Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo is joining forces with twelve other leading tech firms to establish a 5G consortium in Thailand.

Members of the consortium will leverage NTT Docomo’s Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) to provide users with high-speed 5G services, such as Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), and Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC).

Members of this consortium include Japanese heavyweight companies Fujitsu, NEC Corporation, NTT’s subsidiaries NTT Communications, NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting, and Thailand-based IT company Loxley.

The group’s target client base will be manufacturing and construction companies based in Thailand.

The consortium plans to launch commercially in 2022 after demonstration tests succeed in Thailand in the second half 2021. There are also plans to branch out of Thailand and expand its services into other markets in the Asia Pacific region where digital transformation efforts are needed.

OpenSignal: Philippines and Thailand see most improvement in 5G experience

The Philippines and Thailand are two Southeast Asian markets that see the biggest improvement in terms of mobile experience with 5G. In terms of 4G/5G download speed, Thailand’s 5G is 13.4 times faster than that of 4G, whereas the Philippines’ is 10.1 times faster.

Mobile analytics company OpenSignal published its latest global 5G experience report, detailing the 5G development of emerging markets.

5G video experience in the Philippines saw a 40 percent improvement, ranking first. Thailand came in second place with a 29 percent improvement, ahead of Hong Kong, Taiwan, UK and Australia.

Image Credit: OpenSignal

Commenting on the survey, Ian Fogg, lead analyst at OpenSignal, said: ““For 5G to be relevant to mainstream mobile users, the latest mobile technology must offer an excellent and superior mobile network experience. In this analysis, we quantify just how good the 5G experience can be.”

The world’s fastest 5G is in South Korea

Meanwhile, with an average download speed of 354.4 Mbps, South Korea ranks first in the world in 5G speed. It is also the only country in the world with a download speed that exceeds 300 Mbps. This is followed by the UAE, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia, with 292.2, 272.2, and 264.7 Mbps of download speed respectively.

Image Credit: OpenSignal

Next, in terms of 5G availability and reach, South Korea, Kuwait, and Hong Kong take the top three spots. 29.8 percent of smartphone users in Kuwait spend the highest proportion of time connected to an active 5G signal, and in South Korea and Hong Kong the number is 24.7 percent and 23.4 percent respectively.


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Thailand’s WHA Infonite and MFEC ink data center deal

Thailand-based logistics, industrial estates, and utilities company WHA Infonite and IT services company MFEC Public Company Limited (MFEC) have signed a data center agreement, in a move that would benefit the data center ecosystem in the country.

As part of the deal, MFEC will be renting rack spaces in WHA’s Premium Data Center’s Security Operating Center (SOC). WHA, in turn, will be providing data center solutions to MFEC.

MFEC is specialising in network computing and e-business, serving mainly large enterprise customers and industry leaders.

This agreement will allow MFEC to expand its business further and offer maximum security to its customers.

“We are very pleased to start this partnership with MFEC,” said Mr. Kraitos Ongchaisak, Chief Executive Officer of WHA Infonite.

Ongchaisak pointed out that the company’s Tier III premium data center is the perfect match for MFEC’s specific requirements. The data centers are equipped with their own generators, UPS, cooling and fire suppression systems, and renewable energy sources.

“In today’s digital era, data is one of the most valuable resources for any business. Continuous and safe access to digital infrastructure is almost as important as access to electricity and other utilities,” said Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, WHA Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer.

“With this agreement, we are glad to contribute to MFEC’s business expansion through the use of WHA’s world-class data centers,” she added.

The data center ecosystem is seeing a surge post the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses around the world are accelerating their digitalisation efforts. This can be attributed to social distancing norms and restrictions on travel.

Thailand’s Economic Corridor will be the first to launch 5G in Southeast Asia

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), will become the first special economic region in Southeast Asia to offer 5G telecommunications connectivity.

EEC Secretary General, Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, revealed in a recent interview that 5G signals are already in place in the region, and the government is working with companies and local residents to develop the best 5G solutions.

“Half the area of the EEC will be covered by 5G by February 2021,” explained Dr. Kanit. The fifth generation wireless technology of 5G comes with higher speeds, lower latency and the ability to connect an unimaginable number of devices.

The EEC, stretching through South and East Bangkok, is a 13,000 square kilometer hub that is home to some of the largest global suppliers of tech products and services.

Developed in 2018, the EEC is responsible for accelerating Thailand’s digital economy strategy, known as Thailand 4.0, and aims to propel the country into developed nation status by 2035.

After 5G, the Thai government and private investors will then be spending $3.3 billion (100 billion baht) to construct a 220-kilometer high-speed train connecting the EEC with Bangkok’s two airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport.

In February 2020, both Advanced Wireless Network and True Move H Universal Communication won 2600-megahertz in a 5G spectrum license auction. By February 2021, the companies are required to provide 5G network coverage for at least 50% of the Eastern Economic Corridor which includes the provinces Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong.

Deputy secretary general Sutisak Tantayotin told The Bangkok Post that the launch of 5G enabled headsets and compatible smartphones like the iPhone 12 also pushed the commission to speed things up.

“We found the combined 5G network roll-out by AWN and TUC covers more than 70 per cent of the EEC area,” he added.

In December, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, or NBTC, said that they are ahead of schedule for the 5G rollout. This move also needs to be seen in the backdrop of Thailand ranking fourth globally, when it comes to losing out on tourism revenue, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Are Thailand’s cloud and data center markets on the verge of greatness?

Thailand’s cloud and data center market could be on the verge of greatness. Moves are being made by significant players in the industry to enable digital transformation in the country.

As more data centers come online and cloud players make their presence known, connectivity and latency could improve to empower businesses to grow or go digital. 

“COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of digital transformation in Thailand at a pace we have never witnessed before. Together with 5G adoption, the digital platform has played an important part that drives the businesses and social interactions in the next normal world,” said Supparat Sivapetchranat Singhara Na Ayutthaya, the Chief Executive Officer at ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (Thailand).

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (Thailand) are building Bangkok’s first hyperscale data center campus in response to the country’s growing digital requirements for connectivity, low-latency and data processing.

With 61% of Thailand’s gross domestic product expected to be digitalised by 2022, and 95% of the population with broadband access by 2023, this market is quickly becoming one of the most interesting case studies in the region. 

These advancements are leading to multinational companies eyeing the country for investment. But as these improvements are made and more of the population goes online, broadband quality and energy sustainability become increasingly pressing challenges for the market to overcome.

On Wednesday 4 November, join us at the Thailand Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit to find out how we can work together to overcome these challenges and be a part of the country’s bright digital future.

“I am confident that time to drive a digital strategy has become essential for all businesses, thus I look forward to sharing key success factors, not only driving digital transformation, but on digital leadership,” said Mr. Supparat.

On the show, we will be joined by experts from ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (Thailand), Alibaba Cloud, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, AIS, True Internet Data Center, Fortinet, ZNet Technologies, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Microsoft, Krungthai Bank, Sistema Asia, Acumen Consulting and APTelecom.

“I’d say all the speakers are remarkable. They are the experts in their areas. By attending this event, you will be able to get updates on the newest trends, cloud and data insights, as well as different interesting perspectives. I hope everyone could eventually apply what they learn and contribute to their organisations in some way,“ added Mr. Supparat.

During an insightful thought leadership presentation on Digital Leadership, Mr. Supparat will aim to uplift the industry by sharing his expertise as a leader in Thailand.

“I will focus on digital transformation, because we have industry insights and we see the growing demand in digital consumption in the Southeast Asia market,” he said.

Also on the show, we will take a look at how IT leaders and emerging technology are converging in the future with Damien Scalzo of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, how to build digital resilience for the new reality with Arpaporn Skunkittiyut from Microsoft, and building a safety-first culture in the workplace with Surachai Chatchalermpun from Krungthai Bank.

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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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Is your country a Digital Riser? ESCP study reveals surprising results

While countries like the USA and Sweden may be losing their position as digital champions, the Philippines and Singapore have both been labelled a digital riser that is capable of taking on the competitive technology landscape.

The European Center for Digital Competitiveness found that mature digital hubs are facing new and dynamic competition from around the world.

“We are in the middle of a digital revolution that is very likely being accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Professor Philip Meissner of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness by ESCP Business School in Berlin.

The ESCP’s Digital Riser Report 2020 revealed that the Philippines was one of the top Digital Risers in the world due to the country showing strong digital transformation results encouraged by Government policies like the Innovate Start-up Act and Start-up Venture Fund.

Amongst the other top risers in Asia include South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.

Digital Riser Rankings for East Asia and the Pacific
Digital Riser Rankings for East Asia and the Pacific

The rankings were by two dimensions: ecosystem and mindset. The ecosystem dimension includes venture capital availability, cost and time to start a business, the ease of hiring foreign labour, and the skillset of graduates. While the mindset dimension focuses on digital skills among active populations, attitudes to entrepreneurial risk, workforce diversity, mobile broadband subscriptions, and companies embracing disruptive ideas.

Dropping in the rankings were India, Vietnam and New Zealand, which declined in the ecosystem dimension, despite their digital aspirations and future-forward plans.

The report also shed light on the two global digital superpowers, namely the United States and China. Analysis found that China has gained in digital competitiveness while the United States lost strength over the last three years. 

What makes a Digital Riser?

Top Digital Risers share one thing in common. They have displayed a deliberate and comprehensive government programme with top-level support around digitalisation and entrepreneurship. 

“The way that governments manage and navigate this transition will significantly determine how competitive and prosperous their countries will be in the decades ahead,” said Professor Meissner.

Interestingly, country size is not a limiting factor. The report saw countries of all sizes enhancing their digital competitiveness in the short to medium term by taking effective measures like emphasising the importance of digital education, encouraging entrepreneurship and making huge investments in digitalisation.

Digital Riser Rankings for South Asia
Digital Riser Rankings for South Asia

“While the top Digital Risers come in very different sizes and have their unique economic histories, there’s a lot that governments can learn from them,” said Dr Christian Poensgen from the ESCP.

Breaking down the commonalities in top Digital Risers, Dr Poensgen identified that they tend to emphasise the importance of digital education like Indonesia’s institutions that seek to build a strong tech talent pool in which the Government invested US$7.7 million to provide certifications to 20,000 digital talents.

Next, he identified that huge investments in digitalisation are common, as countries like Thailand announced a  $570m venture fund for startups in ten supported industries, including digital, next generation cars and smart electronics.

And finally, a digital riser shows commitment to entrepreneurship, with many following the example of China’s government, which has made it a focal point of the ‘Chinese Dream’.

The Digital Riser Report was published for the first time this year, and will now be distributed annually, so it will be interesting to see if any of the countries that ranked low this year will rise up in 2021.

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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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Cloud computing to create 24,000 New Jobs in Thailand by 2024

Thailand, a new and rising player in the cloud computing industry, will see more than 24,000 new jobs by 2024.

This is thanks to cloud-based software company, Salesforce, which was one of several tech firms that enjoyed tremendous success during the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

A recent addition to the 2019 Salesforce Economic Impact White Paper projected US$1.6 billion in new business revenue by 2024. 

With COVID-19 forcing businesses around the world to shift to cloud services and remote working, its predictions are coming true, as one of Salesforce’s ecosystems in Thailand is feeling the positive economic impacts.

“The Salesforce ecosystem is capable of generating business and job growth, even during a pandemic,” said Sujith Abraham, the SVP and General Manager for ASEAN at Salesforce.

Spending on public cloud softwares in Thailand is expected to increase from US$299 million in 2020 to US$579 million in 2024. Assuming that this trend continues, cloud services are predicted to grow faster than general information technology, with nearly 50% of global cloud software spending tied to digital transformation.

Source: IDC white paper sponsored by Salesforce, The Salesforce Economy in Thailand: 24,260 Jobs, $1.6 Billion in New Business Revenue from 2018 to 2024 (May 2020)
Source: IDC white paper, The Salesforce Economy in Thailand. 24,260 Jobs, $1.6 Billion in New Business Revenue from 2018 to 2024 (May 2020)

On top of the 24,260 new local jobs within the Salesforce and partner ecosystem, another 33,570 indirect jobs will be created through supply and distribution chains serving Salesforce customers. This number illustrates the impressive scale of a network effect by cloud computing firms in the country.

“Because we’re all working remotely, our solution,and our partner ecosystem, answers the need for digital transformation and is essential for our customers as they continue to deepen relationships, and ready for their place, in the post-pandemic economy,” added Mr. Abraham.

Building the workforce of the future in Thailand

To make sure that Thailand continues to be on track for exponential growth, Salesforce states that there is still a lot that local business could do. Alongside increased spending on cloud computing services, introducing new products and providing more pleasant customer experiences, are two main goals that should be worked on.

First, Thailand needs to nurture a workforce that is ready to support digital transformation efforts. The World Economic Forum predicts a significant shift, with no less than 54% of all employees requiring re-skilling or up-skilling to prevent talent shortages and mass unemployment. This is especially important now that the global pandemic has fast tracked digital transformations and caused countless retrenchments. 

“The pandemic ensures cloud computing spend will increase in ASEAN and beyond. And, we know job growth in the region is dependent on a skilled workforce,” said William Sim, the VP of  Salesforce’s Trailhead Academy for APAC.

Secondly, entrepreneurs and innovators in Thailand should identify the goldmine of opportunity for inventing revolutionary cloud-based applications, as forecasts show significant returns from investment in cloud computing by 2024. Yet, only 5% of the total IT spend in Thailand will be on public cloud computing, meaning there is a wealth of opportunities for almost ‘unlimited cloud computing growth’.

If all is achieved, Thailand’s cloud computing market could propel the country into becoming a key provider of tech services in Southeast Asia.

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Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play form partnership with PTT to digitally transform Thailand

Plug and Play Tech Center, the world’s largest corporate innovation platform, has announced a strategic partnership with PTT Public Company Limited to digitally transform Thailand.

Under PTT’s Powering Thailand’s Transformation initiative, the partnership will create an international Innovation Ecosystem to enable PTT to become more than just a manufacturer and distributor as a state-owned oil and gas company.

“The collaboration provides a great opportunity for PTT to increase its innovative potential and help see more substantial results by learning from Plug and Play and its corporate partners worldwide,” said Worawat Pitayasiri, the Senior Executive Vice President for Innovation and Digital at PTT.

Plug and Play, headquartered in Silicon Valley, is an early investor in tech giants like Google, PayPal and Dropbox.

“This will help drive PTT to make strides alongside other innovative companies on the global stage and lead Thailand to advance to an international level,” added Mr. Pitayasiri.

Through the partnership, PTT will look to attract potential partners at large global firms and tech startups through Plug and Play’s accelerator platform and partnership channels, providing direct contact to tech companies.

“We are delighted that PTT will be collaborating with Plug and Play under the Smart City Program,” said Shawn Dehpanah, the Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Innovation for APAC at Plug and Play.

The Smart City Program will bring together leading corporations from various industries, including energy and sustainability, real estate, mobility, IoT and digital health. These collaborations will help provide solutions for PTT’s innovation strategy, which range from battery storage technologies, renewable energy, new mobility, and pushing Thailand towards Industry 4.0.

By working with Plug and Play, PTT will be able to obtain data from different startups and tech firms to extend the company’s S-curve with its ExpresSo team and empower innovation.

PTT ExpresSo has three blueprints to digitally transform energy, mobility and industry.

Their New Energy blueprint involves building businesses with alternative energy for sustainability and security by adopting technology for effective maintenance of solar cells, for example. 

The New Mobility angle focuses on improving domestic transport systems to reduce pollution for better quality of life for people, including battery production for electric cars. 

And the New Industry concept looks to drive Thailand’s capacity to compete under Industry 4.0 management and maintain national economic security such as artificial intelligence systems for factories.

This partnership continues PTT’s venture into digital transformation, as PTTEP, a national petroleum exploration and production subsidiary of PTT, awarded American multinational corporation, Halliburton, with a digital transformation contract to design and implement a series of projects last week.

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Leap Solutions becomes first cloud provider in Thailand to achieve data privacy ISO

Leap Solutions Asia has become the first cloud computing provider in Thailand to achieve the ISO certification for data privacy management.

This emphasises the stability and security of the cloud service by showing readiness for the Personal Data Protection Act in Thailand.

“Leap Solutions takes personal data protection matters very seriously, whether the data belongs to staff, clients, or partners,” said Nacharie Rujirat, the Managing Director of Leap Solutions, which is part of TCC Technology Group.

The ISO/IEC-27701 is a new standard by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission to provide guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS).

“This ISO/IEC-27701:2019 certification guarantees our effective personal data management, helping us meet clients’ needs. This also relates to conforming with the recent PDPA Privacy Act,” said Ms. Rujirat.

The Thai Personal Data Protection Act 2019 (PDPA) came into effect in May 2020 as Thailand’s first consolidated data protection law, similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The PDPA empowers consumers of data with the rights to erase data and the right to be informed about how their data is used.

What is the weak link in your cybersecurity strategy?

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OLL and NEC to build MIST cable across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India

Orient Link (OLL) and NEC Corporation have signed an agreement to build a MIST submarine cable system to directly connect Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and India.

The system will span 8,100 kilometers and will deliver more than 216 terabits per second.

“Globally, India and Southeast Asia are among the world’s fastest-growing economies,” said Yoshio Sato, the CEO of OLL.

The Asia region has experienced accelerated digital investment driven by data center growth, mobile penetration, 5G expansion and the rise of cloud services.

“I am very pleased to announce the launch of MIST, providing a truly connected India to our clients around the world, delivering high-quality, low-latency networks to the people in India as the nation charges forward with its digital transformation roadmap,” added Mr. Sato.

Data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels and cloud adoption is surging in India, contributing to an increasing amount of data traffic across submarine cables and demand for interconnected data centers.

“Not only will MIST respond to the growing demands for data center interconnectivity across countries in the Southeast Asia region, but it ultimately allows for OLL to grow its offering and expand into India and beyond,”

OLL, a strategic joint venture company led by NTT Group, hopes the new system will further enhance and contribute to communications network expansions from Asia to improve network redundancy, ensure highly reliable communications and expand onward connectivity options in the Bay of Bengal.

NEC, a Japan-based multinational IT and electronics company with extensive experience in implementing submarine cable systems, was selected by OLL as their supply partner.

“We are honored to be selected as the supplier for MIST together with our local affiliate in India,” said Atsushi Kuwahara, the General Manager of NEC’s Submarine Network Division.

Together with their India affiliate, NEC Technologies India Private Ltd, Mr. Kuwahara hopes to fully capitalise on their regional expertise in Southeast Asia and India to ensure the successful completion of the submarine cable in the third quarter of 2022.

Back in June, Asia Direct Cable (ADC) and NEC announced the construction of another high-performance submarine cable that would connect China (Hong Kong and Guangdong province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by the fourth quarter of 2022.

ADC is a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies, including CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.

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Halliburton awarded digital transformation project by Thailand’s PTTEP

Halliburton has successfully been awarded a digital transformation contract by Thailand’s state-owned petroleum exploration and production company, PTTEP.

The American multinational corporation will design and implement a series of projects as part of PTTEP’s Advanced Production Excellence (APEX) Initiative.

The APEX Initiative will look to improve operational efficiency and production in four offshore fields, including Arthit, Greater Bongkot South, Greater Bongkot North and the Myanmar Zawtika Field.

“Effectively leveraging and implementing digital technologies improves efficiency to increase production, reduce operating expenses and maximize the value of the operator’s portfolio,” said Mr. Nagaraj Srinivasan, the Senior Vice President of Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions.

Landmark is a Halliburton business line that provides Exploration and Production professionals with software-driven lifecycle insights using open architecture, hybrid cloud environments and digital twin.

Landmark will deploy its DecisionSpace Production Suite using cloud computing technology to store data rather than onboard the offshore fields. Their DecisionSpace Enterprise Platform will integrate Honeywell Forge, a powerful analytics software solution providing real-time data and visual intelligence, so PTTEP can implement more productive and efficient work processes.

“We look forward to collaborating with Honeywell to support PTTEP on its digital transformation journey,” added Mr. Srinivasan.

The software solutions are designed to use advanced physics and data science-based models to manage offshore wells and points of delivery. A multitude of operations will also be optimised using the solution, including short-term production planning, flow assurance and sand production monitoring and control, condensate stabilisation and fuel gas optimisation.

The financial terms of the deal between Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oil field service companies, and PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) were not disclosed.

In February 2020, Halliburton was awarded a digital transformation contract with Pertamina, the largest Indonesian oil and gas company, using Landmark’s hybrid cloud offering.

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AWS expands Asia presence, making Outposts available in India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand

Amazon Web Services has expanded its presence in Asia by launching AWS Outposts in India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand, enabling businesses to gain greater native access to AWS services.

Customers can use the Outposts to help them with large projects requiring low latency access to on-premises systems as well as local data processing and storage.

“With AWS Outposts, our customers can benefit from the accelerated pace of innovation in the cloud, while securely storing and processing sensitive data on-premises,” said Conor McNamara, the Managing Director of ASEAN at AWS.

The Outposts enable businesses to work with the AWS Partner Network, assisting application migration to AWS.

“As AWS Outposts is fully managed by AWS, our customers can also focus on their end users, and driving innovation that differentiates their businesses, while leaving the responsibility of managing the infrastructure to us,” added Mr. McNamara.

Empowering hybrid cloud solutions

A number of businesses have celebrated the launch of AWS Outposts in Asia, which empower hybrid cloud solutions and transform customer user experience.

Our customers will benefit from AWS’s rapid pace of innovation in cloud infrastructure services while being able to store and process data on-premises,” said Mr. Ahmad Taufek Omar, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of TM ONE.

The enterprise and public sector business solutions arm of Telecommunications Company Telekom Malaysia Berhad found AWS Outposts to be an important part of TM ONE Cloud Alpha’s hybrid cloud strategy.

“It will help us in our mission to enable the Malaysian public sector and enterprises to be more agile, while delivering better and more comprehensive services to end customers. This is in line with TM Group’s commitment in enabling Digital Malaysia,” said Mr. Omar.

Outposts enable customers to run services like Elastic Compute Cloud, which allows users to reduce demand on physical servers by running virtual servers as if they were in the cloud.

“Incorporating hybrid cloud will address the need for data residency and edge computing, all accessed through our leading next generation converged network. Our goal is to accelerate cloud adoption and digital transformation journeys for businesses,” said Claire Featherstone, the Head of Maxis Technology Practices and Maxis Cloud Centre of Excellence, a leading Malaysia-based communications provider.

AWS Outposts are replicas of hardware infrastructure, services and API that run in Amazon data centers. With the availability of Outposts, customers can connect to the nearest AWS Regions in Asia, including Singapore.

InfoFabrica, a Singapore-based IT hybrid cloud consulting and managed services company, welcomed the announcement.

“Many of our enterprise customers look for hybrid cloud solutions that will allow them to move workloads and data seamlessly between on-premises assets and the AWS cloud,” said Mr. Li Wen Chi, Managing Director of InfoFabrica Pte Ltd.

The general availability in India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand follows the launch of AWS Outposts in Singapore and Indonesia earlier this year.

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ST Telemedia Global Data Centres makes history in Thailand with TIA and Uptime certifications

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres has made history by becoming the first data center provider in Thailand to achieve both the TIA-942 Certification Rated-3 and Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents.

The certifications were awarded to STT Bangkok 1, Thailand’s first hyperscale carrier-neutral data center campus.

“Achieving both accreditations is a strategic milestone, as it uplifts Thailand’s data center industry standards by setting a new benchmark for design, build and operations of data centers,” said Supparat Sivapetchranat Singhara Na Ayutthaya, the CEO of STT GDC Thailand.

The globally recognised certifications ensure the highest security and reliability standards, enabling the facility to operate at the highest availability and minimal risk to operational impact, ensuring uninterrupted operations throughout.

Mr. Ayutthaya said: “We continue to see strong local and regional demand for efficient, flexible and scalable hyperscale data centres, especially with today’s accelerated digital transformation plans across businesses and Thailand 4.0’s vision of a technology-centric economy.”

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres hopes the standards will appeal to international cloud service providers and enterprises requiring high scalability and robust security.

The first phase of the hyperscale data center is expected to be completed in early 2021. The campus will span 30,000 square metres, with a capacity of 20 megawatts.

Following its full completion, the data center in Huamark, one of Bangkok’s key business districts, will have a total gross floor area of 60,000sqm and a total capacity of 40MW.

The facility looks to ride on the growth of Thailand’s digital economy that can be seen with the Government’s digital transformation plans.

Thailand is ranked in first place for the highest use of banking and finance apps and second for e-commerce adoption as well as average daily time spent using the Internet by users aged 16 to 64.

With increasing data demands, technological advancements and Internet adoption, data center providers are increasingly looking to support the rising need for secure and reliable infrastructure in the region.

Announced in 2019, STT Bangkok 1 is a joint venture by Frasers Property (Thailand) Public Company Limited (FPT) and ST Telemedia Global Data Centres. The project is worth more than seven billion baht and is expected to gain one billion baht in revenue within four years, with a 20% data center market share in Thailand.

The TIA-942 certification, issued by the Telecommunications Industry Association, covers the telecommunications infrastructure as well as other aspects of a mission-critical data center, including site location, architectural and physical structure of the facility, electrical and mechanical capabilities, fire safety and physical security.

Uptime Institute’s TIER III certification requires no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance in a data center. A redundant delivery path for power and cooling is added to the redundant critical components, so that each and every component needed to support the IT processing environment can be shut down and maintained without impact on the IT operation.

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New security system using AI and cloud technology looks to reduce car theft and greenhouse gas emissions in Thailand

Frasers Property Thailand has launched a new innovative security system that uses artificial intelligence and cloud databases in the hopes of reducing car theft and greenhouse gas emissions.

The project known as Dashway equips CCTV cameras with the ability to recognise license plates, predict traffic density and calculate exhaust emissions in real-time.

These enhanced security abilities to keep Thailand safe from premise intrusions and parking violations are powered by machine learning embedded in cloud databases.

Dashway’s data visualisation displays information on traffic density and exhaust emissions.

Display license plate recognition information and classification of cars enter-exit

Yan Khek Wee, the EVP of Investment Property for Frasers Property Thailand, said: “Dashway helps to reduce our operation costs and also provides a seamless experience to our customers.”

The project will be deployed for the first time at Frasers Property Logistics Park to solve the problem of manually handling site security of the facility that accommodates more than 2,000 vehicles per day.

Dashway will provide a non-intrusive experience for customers by deploying Automatic License Plate Recognition technology connected to barrier gates, allowing authorised personnel into the park and reducing traffic congestion.

The project’s Automatic Intruder Detection technology captures 360-degree movement

Geo-fencing technology (GFA)

The cloud database will store information on the types of vehicles to enable predictive analysis and even a future use for targeted advertising.

The project provides real-time notifications to security teams and visualisations of the data to help keep Thailand safe from car theft and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This article is produced in partnership with TCC Tech.