Much was discussed at the 2019 Huawei ISP Asia Pacific Summit, with the conference focusing on the region's future in the AI - 5G era.
Most of the top Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the region such as Telin (Singapore), IndoKeppel (Indonesia), Tata Communications (India), and UCloud (China) were in attendance to take part in this year's theme, ‘Leading New ICT, Accelerate Service Innovation with ISP'.
According to Huawei, the dramatic surge in demand for digital resources, low latency of massive data transmission, large bandwidth, and network traffic optimisation have brought huge business challenges to ISPs.
“To rise to these challenges, ISPs need more open, more flexible, more agile, and more secure internet infrastructure to meet Asia Pacific users' new requirements for internet application services such as data centers, eCommerce, social networking, gaming, online payments, and tours, especially the requirements of multinational business development and technical innovation,” Huawei says.
And the stats back up Huawei's claims. According to IDC, by 2020, at least 55% of organisations in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) will be digitally determined, transforming markets and re-imagining the future through new business models and digitally enabled products and services. By 2022, the spending of enterprises in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) on managed cloud services will be increased to nearly US$18 billion, driven by the need to optimise ROI, reduce budgets, and cope with the scarcity of cloud experts in the region.
At the summit, industry players agreed that benefiting from the Smart Nation strategy and strong infrastructure, Singapore will continue to lead the regional digital economy in the Asia Pacific region, as long as it makes good use of its own capital advantages and invests more in submarine cables and data centers. Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia were also highlighted for their huge potential as digital economies, albeit with pressing needs for more backbone network and data centers.
In light of this, Huawei unveiled a suite of new solutions in an attempt to aid ISPs in reshaping their legacy internet infrastructure.
Among the new solutions was the industry's first-ever data center switch with an embedded AI chip, the CloudEngine 16800, FusionServer 2298 V5, all-flash storage OceanStor Dorado 3000, and 600G DCI + OXC.
Furthermore, FiberStar, a nationwide infrastructure service provider in Indonesia, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei during the summit. Both parties will collaborate to accelerate the internet infrastructure transformation in Indonesia, with Huawei contributing as a partner in network and data center solution design and execution.
“The current state and pace of development of Internet infrastructure in Asia Pacific remains uneven, with great variations from country to country. Huawei's aim is to capitalise on our global expertise and experience to work with the countries that could benefit from support to reshape their Internet infrastructure and networks, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Thailand,” says Huawei South Pacific Enterprise Business Group president Daniel Zhou.
“At the same time, we are committed to tailoring solutions for more advanced digital development needs of countries such as Singapore.
Zhou revealed Huawei's ISP business revenue in the Southern Pacific region grew 112% in 2018, and is confident this is set to continue in 2019.
“As the application of clouds in the Asia-Pacific Internet industry accelerates, Huawei will continue to provide leading and innovative solutions for ICT infrastructure such as clouds, data centers, and networks, helping customers build an open, flexible, agile, and secure infrastructure platform to accelerate business innovation and remain competitive in the digital age,” says Zhou.