Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit 2015: IDC expects 2016 to be the Year of Platforms

Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit 2015: IDC expects 2016 to be the Year of Platforms

Singapore, 25 November, 2015 IDC Asia Pacific recently held its fourth Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit titled “Connecting the Next Billion Users: An Opening Industry” at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore last 19 to 20 November 2015. Over 60 senior level executives from the region joined the event to discuss and share insights on the telecom industry’s shifting focus from CAPEX-driven infrastructure toward OPEX dominated software and services while IDC provided its latest commentary on the direction of the industry.

IDC dubbed 2014 as the year of continued infrastructure build to bring services closer to customers. This 2015, it is all about the year moving to ‘Open’ in recognition of the shift towards Open Source technologies, Open Innovation, Open APIs driving new segments like IoT (Internet of Things) and towards the end of proprietary interfaces and better interoperability. The move to ‘Open’ further extended into new investments where telecom providers would move to adjacent industries, such as e-health, media or content distribution, at an accelerated pace. Furthermore, the barriers of entry for competitors would also flatten. Most of last year’s predictions came true as the shift to ‘Open’ happened and Software-Defined Networks, Data Centers and Open Source were listed as the most sought technologies in the enterprise for 2015/16.

“As much as the industry will be in build mode and shift to a new era of ‘Open’, 2016 is the year of the platform”, says Dustin Kehoe , Head of Telecom Practice, IDC Asia Pacific.

This year, ‘Open’ goes one step further. The industry will move to a platform-based approach between telecoms and other competitors in their ability to link through storage, network and compute into an infrastructure that is software-defined. Platforms will extend even down to the data center infrastructure layer. Through platforms, carriers get scale, repeatability and accelerated time to market for new services. Moreover, platforms will be able to resolve unaddressed areas of the market such as the general lack of orchestration to move workloads between networks and clouds.

Within the context of a Year of the Platform for 2016, some of the key predictions include:

  • By 2017, over 65% IT organizations will implement Hybrid IT Environments that leverages in-house and external 3rd party assets housed in off-site data centers.
  • By 2016, 15% of Enterprises will have implemented a Software-Defined SD-WAN vendor solution or Cloud-based Managed Solution. This figure will jump to 60% by 2019.
  • By 2018, more than 70% of enterprises will access public cloud IaaS and SaaS capabilities via aggregation hubs operated by network or interconnect providers
  • Other predictions addressed opportunities in emerging market, cutting edge NFV capabilities, enabling technologies for Digital Transformation, the Mobile Enterprise and ‘Customer First; for carriers.

“Software defined infrastructure and cloud orchestration will be the focus in 2016 and beyond. It is imperative for carriers to prepare for this transition by cross-training network engineers in software, looking at the shifts in architectures from core to edge and find ways to industrialize open APIs that are pervasive in the industry”, Mr. Kehoe adds.
Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit Awards 2015 Winners: [From left to right] Lee Han Kheng, Vice President of Global Products of Singtel (Service Provider of the Future); Takeshi Kazami, CEO of NTT Communications Singapore (Best Enterprise Offering); Nitrin Kaushal, General Manager of Bharti Airtel (Country Innovation Award). Not present in the photo were Telstra (Most Innovative Consumer Offering) and Tata Sky (Best Video Offering).prAP40642015-F-1

The summit also underscored the need to focus on the next billion connections and how Asia’s emerging markets such as India, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand could benefit the exponential growth of mobile connections in Asia. The event stressed that the industry will be spending significant time to address the next opportunities from digital commerce and O2O, to data center transformation and disruption.

“Through 2018, two-thirds of CIOs will have embraced Leading in 3D, which requires them to simultaneously innovate, integrate, and incorporate” said Sandra Ng , Group Vice President, Practice Group, IDC Asia/Pacific in one of her highlights.

Other topics tackled included case studies on Edge Computing and Localized Data Centers and Technology Disruption followed by four (4) roundtable track sessions focused on Datacenter Management, Strategy for Cloud, Open Opportunities for Service Provider on Mobility & IoT and Big Data Strategy.

The summit closed with the announcement of the winners of the Asia/Pacific Telecom Awards 2015 namely:

Best Video Offering Tata Sky
Country Innovation Award Bharti Airtel
Most Innovative Consumer Offering Telstra
Most Innovation Enterprise Offering NTT Communications
Service Provider of the Future Singtel

The Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit Awards promote telecommunication industries by recognizing distinguished service providers that have made extraordinary achievements in telecommunication industries. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders and reflect the growth progress in the region.

The Asia/Pacific Telecom Summit 2015 was organized by IDC Asia/Pacific in partnership with the following sponsors: Principal Partner, Schneider Electric; Premier & Lunch Roundtable Partner, Cisco; and Thought Leader Partner, App Direct.

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