Huawei has unveiled a suite of solutions to help Internet Service Providers (ISPs) revamp the internet infrastructure in Asia-Pacific.
The solutions are expected to enable traditional ISPs to reshape their legacy Internet infrastructure into a more open, agile and secure model that can handle a cloud-driven economy.
These include the industry’s first-ever data centre switch with an embedded AI chip, the CloudEngine 16800, FusionServer 2298 V5, all-flash storage OceanStor Dorado 3000, and 600G DCI + OXC.
The announcement, made at the Huawei ISP Summit Asia Pacific 2019 held at the Mulia Resort, Bali, Indonesia, came as the region embarks on a drive towards Artificial Intelligence (AI) deployment and 5G connectivity.
There is also consensus that traditional ISPs in Asia-Pacific will find themselves in a fully cloud-driven era by 2020, with accelerating AI innovation and data explosion.
“The current state and pace of development of Internet infrastructure in Asia-Pacific remains uneven, with great variations from country to country,” said Daniel Zhou, President, South Pacific, Huawei Enterprise Business Group.
He said Huawei’s goal is 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.
Zhou disclosed that Huawei's ISP business revenue in the Southern Pacific Region achieved a 112 percent growth in 2018, and the company expects this to grow steadily in 2019.
FiberStar, a nationwide infrastructure service provider in Indonesia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese tech giant to explore potential collaboration in areas of fixed network and data centre.
Under the agreement, both parties will collaborate to accelerate the internet infrastructure transformation in Indonesia.
Most recently, Huawei has also helped Indonesia's ISP Biznet complete digital transformation.
Biznet offers Internet services to Internet vendors engaged in online local specialty sales, Internet enterprises engaged in live streaming and HD videos online, and innovative enterprises that invest in local social media or sharing platforms.
At the Huawei ISP Summit Asia Pacific 2019, over 150 key industry players and analysts to exchange views on how the ISP industry could speed up infrastructure transformation so as to tackle the innovation challenges of AI and the 5G era.
Most top ISP providers in the region such as Telin (Singapore), IndoKeppel (Indonesia), Tata Communications (India), and UCloud (China) attended the summit, which is now on its fourth year.
In a news release, Huawei cited a report from research advisory firm IDC that by 2020, at least 55 percent of organizations 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 research firm said 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 optimize ROI, reduce budget and cope with the scarcity of cloud experts in the region.
Hence, ISPs need more open, more flexible, more agile, and more secure Internet infrastructure to meet Asia-Pacific users' new requirements for Internet application services, according to Huawei.
Singapore, it said, will continuously 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 centres.
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 centres.