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    [EN] China Telecom: 30 global hubs

    The SD-WAN service will be utilized by Chinese and global enterprises in verticals such as finance and retail.

    Kelsey Kusterer Ziser
    9/15/2017

    China Telecom Global Limited (CTG), a China Telecom global subsidiary, has chosen Versa Networks as its primary SD-WAN and SD-Security vendor, and is deploying the SD-WAN and security platform in 15 cloud hubs globally.

    The SD-WAN service will also be deployed on x86 devices at CTG's customers' branch offices, and will be utilized by Chinese and global enterprises in verticals such as manufacturing, finance and retail.

    "One of the reasons why we chose Versa as the primary vendor for SD-WAN is the solution is completely NFV based and there is no need for a very heavy investment before go-to-market," says Nemo Lin, director of the Cloud Operation Center of CTG, in an email to Light Reading. "It helps the CTG network team to extend the SD-WAN coverage in the short term."

    Lin added that Versa Networks ' SD-WAN platform enables carriers to combine the underlay and overlay network and provide a hybrid WAN solution to existing MPLS VPN customers, who can also reach new sites using Internet-based SD-WANs at a lower cost.

    CTG is deploying the SD-WAN platform in cloud hubs in Asia, EMEA, North America and Australia, and Kumar Mehta, founder and CDO of Versa Networks, says CTG's enterprise customers' branch offices can connect to these hubs and utilize high-speed links provided by CTG. Lin says CTG plans to expand to 30 global cloud nodes by the end of 2017.

    Mehta explains that Versa's platform aids enterprises in achieving network visibility and integrated security, and improves migration to cloud services such as Microsoft 365. He adds that CTG's mobile users can utilize the client-based VPN to connect to the remote access server functionality and access any application over SD-WAN.

    "For mobile users to come in and connect into our remote access server functionality, and then get to the application over the SD-WAN network was something very unique for this particular customer," says Mehta.

    The SD-WAN service also utilizes application-based steering of Internet traffic with remote breakout through a hub to access Microsoft 365, and local breakout from the branch to access Chinese websites, for example.

    http://www.lightreading.com/carrier-.../d/d-id/736388

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    China Telecom Global offers the first 100G service between Asia and Europe route

    Shanghai - Frankfurt RTT 147 ms

    Jason Mcgee-Abe
    16 May 2017

    China Telecom Global (CTG) has announced the launch of 100G service capability via their terrestrial cable system to answer the soaring demands for big-bandwidth connectivity between Asia and Europe in collaboration with Russian operators.

    On the back of the launch of the Super TSR (Transit Silk Road), an ultra-low latency terrestrial route via the China-Kazakhstan Gateway, this initiative further diversifies CTG's product portfolio along the Europe-Asia route.

    This new 100G capability is strengthened by cross-border transmission systems via the China-Russia, China-Mongolia-Russia and China-Kazakhstan-Russia routes. It will be managed with Russian partners, with whom CTG has built a strategic and lasting relationship. It is the first 100G bandwidth option available in the market via Asia and Europe, and will further support the booming IP transit/transmission demand from carrier partners and IP service providers.

    In the second half of 2016, CTG launched the Super TSR with the latency feature of just 147ms from Shanghai to Frankfurt and 159ms from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, reduced by 10ms over existing routes. The new route was implemented through a partnership with a Kazakhstan operator, and is the shortest in the same direction, while also offering industry-leading low latency. The route is the optimal choice for global connectivity across diverse industries, especially in the financial services sector where high-frequency trades are latency-sensitive.

    Steven Tan, Vice President of CTG Global Carrier Business said, "The readiness of the 100G service via our terrestrial cable system from Asia to Europe and the launch of Super TSR are both pioneering achievements in the market. China Telecom has devoted tremendous efforts in the diversification of Asia-Europe terrestrial cable routes, so as to improve the information exchange efficiency from Asia to Europe, and to fulfill customer expectations for alternative backup routes to regular submarine cable solutions."

    Both announcements are in line with CTG's goal to support China's massive Belt and Road initiative. This initiative aims to enhance the free-flow of trade, improve resource allocation efficiency, promote market integration, and create a regional economic co-operation framework. A key enabler will be low-latency and high capacity connectivity between Asian and European businesses centers. The company's efforts aim to support this initiative by improving connectivity between the two regions, bringing Asian and European businesses closer together.

    http://www.capacitymedia.com/Article...d-Europe-Route

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    China Telecom Global launches Silk Road project

    Natalie Bannerman
    06 September 2017

    China Telecom Global (CTG) has entered into an agreement with carriers in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, to begin work on its Silk Road project.

    The news follows on from China’ s nationwide Belt and Road initiative that aims to bolster the free-flow of trade, improve resource allocation efficiency, promote market integration, and create a regional economic co-operation framework.

    The Silk Road project will use the existing fibre connections in countries along the route to create a terrestrial cable system across multiples countries around Asia which will improve both connectivity and the economy in the region.

    CTG has said that the project was due to begin in July of this year, although no further details have been confirmed and several 'multilateral’ conferences will follow to establish which teams will lead the project.

    CTG recently announced the launch of its 100G service between Asia and Europe. In collaboration with Russian operators, the new service attempts to answer the growing demands for big-bandwidth connectivity between the two continents.

    The 100G service is further enabled by the launch of CTG’s Super TSR (Transit Silk Road), an ultra-low latency terrestrial route via the China-Kazakhstan Gateway. Which has a latency feature of just 147ms from Shanghai to Frankfurt and 159ms from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, reduced by 10ms over existing routes.

    http://www.capacitymedia.com/Article...k-Road-project

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    Privatização: Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu buying $12 billion stake in state-owned telecom

    China Unicom will use proceeds to upgrade networks, launch 5G; state stake to fall to 37% from 63%

    Dan Strump
    August 16, 2017

    China's internet titans are among the companies joining in a government-encouraged plan to pump $11.7 billion into state-owned telecom giant China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd.

    Beijing has said it wants government-owned companies to open themselves to more private investment, with the goal of becoming more competitive and innovative. On Wednesday, China Unicom became the first of the three state-owned telecom companies to announce its plan for doing so: It will sell 10.9 billion shares to domestic companies including technology flagships Tencent Holdings Ltd., Baidu Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Inc., as well as ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, China Life Insurance Co. and online retailer JD.com Inc.

    China Unicom said it hopes bringing its ownership structure more in line with "market-oriented principles" will "unleash new vibrancy" in the company. The sale will reduce the stake held by Unicom's state-owned parent to 37% from 63%, with the new investors holding 35%.

    The money raised will go to upgrade the company's telecom networks and help it launch next-generation 5G technologies, China Unicom said.

    The telecom overhaul is part of China's broader plan to reform its sprawling state-owned companies and goose a slowing economy. Despite a thriving landscape of private companies, particularly in the technology sector, state companies dominate significant portions of its economy, notably such strategic sectors as telecommunications and energy.

    China Unicom announced the new ownership structure as part of its earnings report for the first half of the year. It said net profit was up 70% to 2.4 billion yuan ($360 million), though operating revenues fell 1.5% to 138.2 billion yuan ($20.6 billion).

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/...d-telecom.html

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    The sale will reduce the stake held by Unicom's state-owned parent to 37% from 63%, with the new investors holding 35%.
    barriga do Wall Street Journal.

    Os camaradas não largaram o osso:

    Under the plan, China Unicom will issue the new investors with 9.04 billion new shares and 1.90 billion existing shares priced at CNY6.83 each, giving the new shareholders a combined 35.2 percent stake in the company. It has also proposed to grant select employees 848 million restricted shares, priced at CNY3.79 each.

    The total amount of capital raised by issuing new and existing shares to the new investors comes in at CNY74.72 billion. The restricted shares granted to select employees brings the total up to CNY77.91 billion. Unicom "also proposes to introduce new state-owned and non-state-owned shareholder representative directors to serve as directors of Unicom...so as to further optimize the diversified composition of the board," China Unicom said. Wednesday's announcement is the culmination of months of speculation about which companies might take a stake in China Unicom. The operator is among several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) included in the government's mixed-ownership reform program, which aims to improve their efficiency by diversifying their ownership structures.

    The announcement was made the same day that China Unicom published its interim results. As previously warned, revenue for the six months to 30 June fell to CNY138.16 billion (EUR 17.61 billion) from CNY140.26 billion a year ago; service revenue increased 3.2 percent year-on-year to CNY124.11 billion. EBITDA increased 5.5 percent to CNY43.56 billion, while net income surged 68.9 percent to CNY2.42 billion.

    China Unicom added 34.26 million 4G subscribers during the first half, giving it 138.81 million overall. Its total mobile subscriber base stood at 269.45 million.- Total Tele
    http://www.communicationstoday.co.in...w-shareholders

    Note-se que os camaradas aumentaram o capital (e reduziram participação) para investir na empresa. Na época, a imprensa ocidental publicou um angulo de "empresas privadas obrigadas a comprar" mas a lista das coitadinhas encoarajadas se beneficiou e muito se beneficiará da melhoria da infraestrutura de comunicação (como acionistas e não contribuintes).

    Bem diferente da proposta da quadrilha para a Eletrobras.
    Última edição por 5ms; 18-09-2017 às 12:33.

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    China Unicom will sell 6.65 billion new shares to its parent

    Eric Ng
    23 August, 2017

    Hong Kong-listed China Unicom, whose parent China United Network Communications Group last week announced to sell a 35.2 per cent stake to 14 big companies to raise 78 billion yuan (US$11.6 billion), says the parent will use most of the proceeds to buy more shares of the company .

    Through its subsidiary Unicom BVI, Shanghai-listed China United has agreed to buy up to 6.65 billion new China Unicom shares, at HK$13.24 each, a 9.97 per cent premium to Tuesday’s closing price of HK$12.04, China Unicom said in a filing to Hong Kong’s bourse late on Tuesday.

    Total proceeds will amount to around HK$88 billion, of which some HK$46.8 billion will be used to upgrade its 4G network, HK$23 billion will be for technology validation and trial runs of its 5G network, HK$2.73 billion for developing innovative business and HK$15.5 billion for bank loans repayment.

    “[The subscription price] is more favourable than the price that the company is likely to obtain from independent third party investors,” the filing said of the benefit of the deal, adding the shares sale is a lower cost means of fundraising compared to debt issue or rights shares issue.

    Ultimate parent Unicom Group will own 79.93 per cent of China Unicom, the world’s sixth-largest mobile network operator by subscribers, after the shares sale, up from 74.36 per cent currently.

    Last week, China United’s sale of a 35.2 per cent stake drew interest from 14 big companies, including Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent, Baidu, Suning and JD.com – five companies that have a combined market valuation of almost US$1 trillion between them.

    Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post.

    China United last week said the “mixed ownership reform” would “further optimise its corporate governance in accordance with the market-oriented principles ... and enhance its overall efficiency and competitiveness”.

    http://www.scmp.com/business/compani...ixed-ownership

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    What’s drawing Chinese Internet giants to Indian, Southeast Asian tech scenes?

    Resty Woro Yuniar
    17 Sep 2017

    China’s Internet giants are ramping up investment in India and Southeast Asia, highlighting the potential for growth in the regions’ vibrant tech scenes and positioning them as the next battlegrounds in their bid for global dominance.

    Nearly US$5 billion in funding flooded into Southeast Asia’s tech start-ups in the first seven months of this year – already exceeding the US$3.1 billion throughout the whole of last year, according to New York-based research firm CB Insights. India, meanwhile, recorded US$5.2 billion of investments in its tech start-ups as of June, eclipsing the US$3.39 billion for the whole of 2016.

    The increase in Southeast Asia is in large part due to funding from Chinese tech behemoths like Alibaba, JD.com and Didi Chuxing, who have caught Western competitors napping in the rush to invest.

    “Alibaba, Tencent, and JD are looking to expand and grow aggressively in [Southeast Asia], and the simplest, fastest way to do so is through investment into, and acquisition of, synergistic technology companies with wide distribution, extensive on-the-ground infrastructure, and/or a large user base,” said Justin Hall, principal at Southeast Asia-focused venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures.

    In Southeast Asia, China’s dominant e-commerce platform Alibaba – the owner of the South China Morning Post – has committed US$2 billion for an 83 per cent stake in the region’s e-commerce power Lazada Group and led a US$1.1 billion investment into the Indonesian online marketplace Tokopedia. Tencent, the Chinese internet and gaming company, is an early backer of the Singapore-based online gaming and mobile commerce firm Sea, while Beijing-based ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing has led an investment of up to US$2 billion in Singapore-based Grab, Southeast Asia’s answer to Uber. Meanwhile, JD.com this week announced that it is forming a US$500 million joint venture in e-commerce and financial technology with Thailand’s major retail firm Central Group.

    China’s tech giants focus on emerging Asia markets because they share similar demographics to China, where young urbanites with rising disposable incomes account for the majority of online buyers. Also, like Chinese, most other Asians typically first encounter the internet on relatively cheap mobile devices and are more likely to shop in online marketplaces than their Western counterparts, who favour the websites of individual businesses. Such similarities make it easier for tech companies to replicate their business models in Asia, rather than in the United States or Europe.

    BATTLEGROUND INDIA

    The most prized market in Asia for tech companies is India, due to its large population and strong levels of consumption. India is estimated to have 470 million internet users, while New Delhi projects the country’s digital economy could reach the trillion-dollar mark within the next five years – up from US$450 billion now.

    In this key battleground, China’s tech titans face tough competition from both American and local tech firms.

    Since 2012, US-based investors have been involved in more than 800 funding deals in the tech sector – more than investors from any other country, according to CB Insights. At the same time, American companies like Amazon, Apple and Uber have boosted investment in their own operations in the country.

    Chinese companies account for fewer deals and tend to have taken a lower key approach – supporting locally based firms, rather than buying them outright. For instance, Alibaba has poured money into Paytm, India’s biggest digital payment services provider, and local e-commerce firm Snapdeal, while Tencent has backed Snapdeal’s main rival, Flipkart.

    “India is more competitive than Southeast Asia,” said Albert Shyy, principal at Singapore-based venture capital firm Burda Principal Investments. “Chinese players have been showing more interest in Southeast Asia lately since they feel the market has grown large enough to be interesting for them and there are still a lot of [market] opportunities.”

    NEXT BIG THING

    After India, Southeast Asia offers the next big source of growth, thanks to its largely untapped online markets and rising middle class. More than half the region’s 650 million people are connected to the internet, largely through mobile devices.

    The number of digital consumers in Southeast Asia increased by 50 per cent last year to 200 million, boosting the region’s internet economy to more than US$50 billion in 2016, according to consulting firm Bain & Co. Meanwhile, Alphabet’s Google and Singapore’s state investment fund Temasek estimate that combined digital economies in the region will grow to US$200 billion by 2025.

    In Southeast Asia, Chinese investors have caught their Western competitors napping – Amazon only entered the region this year, via Singapore.

    Backing local firms is the modus operandi of the Chinese in this region, too.

    “Western investors are taking their time in Southeast Asia, and instead of acquiring or investing in local companies like [the Chinese] they just go at it by themselves,” said Aldi Adrian Hartanto, head of investment at Mandiri Capital, the investment arm of Indonesia’s largest financial institution Bank Mandiri.

    Singapore is the hotspot for tech-related deals in the region. Between 2012 and July 2017, there were more than 700 deals, worth a total of more than US$7.3 billion, in the city state. That put it far ahead of Indonesia, in second place, which had 285 deals worth a combined US$3.4 billion.

    However, the sheer size of the Indonesian market means it is the next big prize for investors. Data tracker eMarketer projects there will be 36.2 million digital buyers in the Indonesian economy – Southeast Asia’s largest – this year, boosting its retail e-commerce sales to US$8.21 billion.

    Meanwhile, household consumption contributed 58 per cent of Indonesia’s GDP last year, putting it roughly on par with India’s 56 per cent and ahead of China’s 38 per cent. American private equity giant KKR & Co. has projected the country’s consumption could jump seven percentage points over the next decade.

    With Western investors yet to fully realise the potential in Southeast Asia’s budding tech scene, Chinese tech companies have a chance to gain influence.

    Ant Financial has been making waves across the region by forging partnerships with payment firms. Alibaba’s financial affiliate made a foray this year into the Philippines through a tie-up with Globe Telecom-backed fintech company Mynt, and into Malaysia, where it set up a joint venture with a CIMB (Commerce International Merchant Bankers) subsidiary that clears the way for it to launch an e-wallet service in the country.

    Ant Financial also acquired Lazada’s payments platform HelloPay, which was later rebranded as Alipay Singapore, Alipay Malaysia, Alipay Indonesia, and Alipay Philippines. In Thailand, it poured investment into Ascend Money, part of the country’s conglomerate Charoen Pokphand, while in Indonesia it teamed up with Emtek, the operator of BlackBerry Messenger, to weave Alipay services into the messaging platform.

    WeChat operator Tencent’s most notable move in Southeast Asia regards Singapore-based online gaming and e-commerce company Sea – the region’s most valuable tech start-up before Grab came along. Tencent has also injected US$19 million into Bangkok-based digital entertainment provider Ookbee, and continues to promote its own music streaming platform Joox.

    Meanwhile, JD.com has put about US$100 million in Indonesia’s ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek, which also counts Tencent as an investor. The Beijing-based company also injected an undisclosed amount into Indonesian travel booking platform Traveloka.

    “JD.com is set on making sure it doesn’t get left behind in the market through its Go-Jek investment,” Rahul Chadha, analyst at eMarketer, said in a recent research note. “In return, Go-Jek is likely to gain from JD.com’s expertise in managing the nuts and bolts of the e-commerce business, including shipping logistics and inventory management, should it decide to expand its efforts in that sector.”

    ‘A DIFFERENT BEAST’

    Thailand is the next most attractive market for investors to expand into, industry watchers say, citing its higher spending power compared to Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The Thai government’s efforts to develop the tech sector and an innovation-based economy by providing start-up incubators and accelerators has also set the country apart. Malaysia is also a bright spot, having produced some of the region’s best-known tech start-ups, including Grab.

    While there are many opportunities in the region, experts caution foreign investors against taking a ‘one size fits all’ mentality, urging them to approach each country as an individual market with its own quirks and challenges. A business model that works in tiny Singapore might not work in a country like Indonesia, which has 17,000 islands and presents unique challenges for infrastructure, for example.

    This too, gives Chinese firms an advantage over Western companies still trying to grow influence in the region. “Southeast Asia is a very different beast from other markets, and having a solid understanding of what constitutes a strong founder or company can be tricky,” Hall of Golden Gate Ventures said.

    “If investors aren’t knowledgeable or their networks are insufficient, it’s far more likely they’ll invest in or acquire weak companies.”

    http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/busine...ast-asian-tech

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    SuperNAP opens Chonburi, Thailand data center

    Julia Gabel
    September 14, 2017

    Supernap International has opened the doors of its new data center and claims it is the largest and most advanced in the ASEAN region.

    Supernap International is a partnership between Switch in the United States and ACDC Fund, a fund with two limited partners - Orascom TMT Investments and Accelero Capital.

    Located in the eastern province of Chonburi, Supernap says the new facility will play a key role in the success of “Thailand 4.0”, the Thai Government’s initiative to transform the country into a high-value based economy through innovation and technology. Construction at the Hemmaraj Industrial Estate began in early 2016.

    This new multi-tenant carrier-neutral data center facility is expected to be a catalyst for attracting more investment to the region and Supernap says it's poised to become the data center hub for Asia Pacific.

    Supernap’s Bangkok 1 data center has been designed and constructed to the same specifications as the Tier IV Switch Las Vegas multi-tenant and colocation data centers in the United States.

    Supernap Thailand incorporates Switch’s patented designs that deliver HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technology which means the facility can host high-density IT workloads.

    Designed to achieve a target PUE range of 1.35-1.45, Supernap claims this is a level more efficient than other data centers in ASEAN, which typically have PUE levels above 2.

    Supernap is also focused on sustainability. The data center’s efficient design and plans for sourcing renewable energy help the company promote economic growth and technology development in a sustainable manner, which aligns with the sustainability goal of Thailand 4.0.

    “We welcome clients throughout ASEAN, APAC and the rest of the world to run their mission-critical IT infrastructure in what we expect will be one of the most secure, reliable and connected data centers in the world,” says Sunita Bottse, managing director of Supernap Thailand.

    “Our high standards in uptime, security, efficiency and resiliency can be critical for corporations who operate 24 hours a day in every business line, including finance, e-commerce, oil and gas, transportation and health care.”

    Supernap’s new Thailand data center is located 110 meters above sea level and is outside of the flood zone while linking to national and international telecommunications carriers, enabling businesses to connect to key markets in Asia and around the world safely.

    According to Supernap, the new Thailand data center in Chonburi will feature:

    • 21,000 square meters (226,042 sq ft) of data center space with two data halls
    • 20 megawatts of power distributed through diverse 115 kilovolt transmission paths
    • Proprietary tri-redundant UPS power system
    • Up to 40 kilowatts of power per cabinet
    • Multi-carrier fiber couples with separate paths
    • Patented Switch SHIELD: dual independent roof decks rated to withstand 322 kph winds
    • 24/7 on-site network operations center (NOC), fire, safety and security
    • On-site, on-net member resources including conference spaces


    “Companies that have built their own data centers in the past are now realizing that they can mitigate risks and achieve better service level agreements (SLAs) by operating in SUPERNAP Thailand’s mission-critical colocation data center,” continues Bottse.

    “Clients who tour the Supernap Thailand data center experience first-hand the power and scale of the campus and what that means to their business growth.”

    https://datacenternews.asia/story/su...and-40-vision/

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