NTT leads the pack in APAC for cloud telecoms

Created February 25, 2019
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NTT Communications is in pole position to lead the cloud telecoms space in the APAC market, says analyst GlobalData. NTT’s software-defined capabilities, enhanced portfolio through integration with sister companies, and its wide optical fibre network and data centre coverage has given the provider the “edge” to lead the regional cloud telecoms market, says GlobalData.

Major web-scale players like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Alibaba are continuously expanding their portfolio and presence in the region, said GlobalData, but carriers are “playing to their strengths” by offering integrated network and cloud services to “grab the growing market opportunity”, it said.

The GlobalData report, Competitive Landscape Assessment – Telco Cloud Services (Asia), says NTT Communications is rated as the leader in telco cloud services in APAC with the highest overall score based on four main categories: cloud portfolio, data centre footprint, software-defined network infrastructure and supplemental services.

NTT is closely followed by Telstra and Orange Business Services, who are said to have similar capabilities, but who are slightly behind with their network and data centre footprints in the region. The other three leading providers in the region flagged in the report are BT, CenturyLink and Singtel. But these are described as “still having some gaps in their regional presence and supplemental services compared to the top three”.

Alfie Amir, technology analyst at GlobalData, said: “Cloud products offered by telcos are comparable in terms of technical capabilities and ecosystem partners. What differentiates NTT Communications from the rest is its wide footprint and presence in the region to address data residency and latency requirements, as well as its software-defined capabilities which offer better workload management and service orchestration.”

These advantages, he says, enable the provider to address the diverse needs of Asian enterprises. The integration with its sister companies also enable it to enhance its system integration and service delivery capabilities, and therefore retain its lead in the market, says Amir.

But other providers are catching up fast to close the gap, says the analyst report. For instance, Telstra has partnered with data centre services provider Equinix for direct access to other facilities globally, while Orange Business Services (OBS) has partnered with Huawei for expansion in the region, especially in China.

The analyst says enterprises are now looking for cloud providers with extensive cloud portfolios, not just traditional IaaS, PaaS and SaaS capabilities, but also cloud-based IT services such as IoT platforms, UCaaS (unified communications as a service), security and the marketplaces that offer various horizontal and vertical applications.

Amir said: “The APAC cloud market is still growing fast, while the competition is getting more intense driven by the web-scale players. Telcos need to continue to leverage their network strengths, while, at the same time, include the latest technologies such as self-service tools, analytics and AI in their offerings to gain a competitive advantage.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation