The two companies want to expand the initiative to other partners who share similar aims for the region
The networking, communications, software and cloud computing group, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and the state-owned telecommunications company, Telkom Indonesia, have joined forces to establish the APAC Telecom Innovation Initiative (ATII).
The joint research and development initiative aims to help create new network services in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on virtual infrastructure technologies.
The companies want to develop technical studies and proof of concepts (PoCs) regarding requirements for new network services in the era of virtualisation and will expand the initiative to various partners who share similar goals, including other service providers.
Currently, APAC service providers are faced with several common issues such as sustainability due to natural disasters and unique traffic demands/requirements due to uneven population distributions.
With this in mind, ATII will propose new services and technologies for the APAC region. Moreover, it will attempt to accelerate innovation and create new markets using information and communications technology to benefit society with a focus on sustainable development.
Joint technical studies and PoCs will be conducted focusing on the instantaneousness and availability characteristics of virtualisation infrastructure technologies to realise flexible and efficient network services. Initially, the following three projects have been established:
High value-added network services;
Server platform virtualisation, and;
Flexible access network virtualisation.
ATII will immediately start the joint technical studies and has plans to publish whitepapers on the identified requirements, specifications and PoCs results. ATII will liaise and share these findings with the related standards developing organisations (SDOs) and industrial alliances to expand and further develop its activities.
ATII eventually hopes to perform field trials with participating service providers and partners in emerging markets which will lead to deployable commercial services based on lessons learned from the ATII studies and PoCs.
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