Singapore to Launch the First 6G R&D Lab in Southeast Asia

To enhance Singapore’s future communications and connectivity capabilities and talent, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has teamed with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), one of the world’s premier scientific research universities in telecommunications.

In anticipation of Singapore’s 6G future, Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo launched SUTD’s Future Communications Connectivity (FCC) Lab, the region’s first physical 6G lab, which will also try to bring 6G R&D and SUTD’s AI Mega Centre together.

“SUTD is pleased to partner IMDA, to progress the industry’s research and educational institutions for talent development in Singapore’s wireless communications ecosystem. We look forward to accelerating the research translation of future communications technologies,” says Professor Chong Tow Chong, President, SUTD.

FCCLab will seek to unleash breakthroughs in 6G research and support developing technologies such as holographic communications and advanced sensing capabilities to enable the next generation of self-driving cars and drones.

According to Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive, IMDA, the breakthroughs would not be conceivable without consistent investment and a focus on the next frontier. They are thrilled to be collaborating with SUTD to establish Southeast Asia’s first 6G Lab.

This is the beginning of their efforts to capitalise on the promise of future communications technology and become a global hub of excellence.

The FCCLab is part of Singapore’s S$70 million Future Communications Research & Development Programme and is located on the SUTD campus (FCP). The National Research Foundation, Singapore (NRF) is funding FCP as part of its Research, Innovation, and Enterprise (RIE) initiatives, with SUTD serving as the host institution.

FCP will coordinate diverse research efforts across the RIE ecosystem, with Research Institutes (RIs), Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), and other RIE efforts.

FCCLab Testbed will adhere to 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP1) and Open RAN Standards to facilitate the straightforward evaluation of research outputs. Individually replaceable network components permit customised study.

SUTD, as the host university, will lead collaborations across the Singapore ecosystem, including A*STAR, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

SUTD has currently awarded 20 FCP grant projects for both research and translation. The research projects are focused on multi-access edge computing, network orchestration, non-terrestrial networks, and security, whereas the translation projects are centred on use cases and have a thematic focus on new mobility capabilities for air, land, and sea applications.

FCP has also provided 14 Masters-level scholarships for local students to pursue research and translations in future communications technologies to boost the pipeline of Singaporean talent.

Singapore has already formed 6G agreements with premier 6G institutes throughout the world, including Finland’s 6G Flagship and the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences. SUTD is also collaborating with both local and multinational corporations as part of the FCP programme.

Moreover, the 5G communications networks are meant to be the backbone of digital transformation and make it possible for all industries to make huge technological changes.

5G is anticipated to offer enhanced mobile broadband and mission-critical internet of things (IoT) bringing the internet of everything, everywhere. While 5G is being implemented, it is crucial to consider the gaps left by 5G and begin developing 6G technologies to fill them.

Huawei, Thailand SWU Launch Global Educational Demo Site

Huawei, in partnership with Srinakharinwirot University (SWU), launched its first Global Educational Demo Site in Thailand on Wednesday during Huawei Connect 2022 in Bangkok.

This collaborative initiative aims to enhance SWU’s positioning as an educational leader and an “Innovative University.” It has built a digital transformation benchmark for universities in Thailand and the region.

Located at the Prasarnmit campus of Srinakharinwirot University, the newly opened digital demo site showcases SWU’s successful experience in smart education transformation, using Huawei’s campus network solution that provides Wi-Fi 6 technology, full campus coverage, wireless access and free mobility “anytime, anywhere”, with secure, efficient and energy- saving data centers, storage and Cloud.

Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., will invest high-quality resources to ensure stable operations of the demo site that will serve as a benchmark to assist the digital transformation of other universities.

The demo site, which includes a meeting room, data center, O&M center and a smart classroom, will target high-level education institutions not only in Thailand, but also in the Asia-Pacific region. Education experts, university professors and government agents could enjoy on-site visits, service demonstrations, and business peer exchanges at the demo site.

Collaboration between Huawei Thailand and SWU started in May 2018, with a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to upgrade the university’s ICT infrastructure to support the use of educational applications on its two learning centers – Prasarnmit and Ongkharak. Now completed and fully operational, the Huawei Cloud Campus Network and iMaster NCE Campus solutions enable SWU’s students and professors to enjoy full Wi-Fi coverage anytime, anywhere within the university’s two campuses, as well as use the latest digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.

Mr. Vincent Liu, President of Huawei’s Global Enterprise Network Marketing & Solutions Sales Department said: “Huawei’s Intelligent Multi-Service Network Solution for Higher Education is a great fit to build a future-proof education and research network for Srinakharinwirot University (SWU). This new network fully meets the complex network requirements of SWU by offering campus-wide network connectivity, multi-network convergence, and high-speed interconnection. The resulting benefits include efficient data sharing, service visualization, and efficient event control, ultimately providing high-quality data services for teachers and students.”

“We are delighted to expand our cooperation with Srinakharinwirot University, which demonstrates its vision to continue being a role model in the digital transformation of universities in Thailand and the region,” said Mr. Aaron Wang, Vice President of Huawei APAC Enterprise Business Group, “Together with SWU, we have built a state-of-the-art resource site dedicated to education that will bring win-win results for both parties in the long term.”

“Srinakharinwirot University’s management and academic personnel are extremely happy to welcome Huawei’s Global Demo Site at its Prasarnmit campus,” said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somchai Santiwattanakul, President of Srinakharinwirot University.

“As part of our strategic plan, we made it a priority to develop our ICT infrastructure to become an ‘Innovative University’ and enhance the quality of education. Our collaboration with Huawei now enables our students and professors to enjoy the latest digital technologies and benefit from new teaching methods for a cutting-edge educational experience. I would like to thank Huawei Thailand for this great opportunity that will enable SWU to enhance its reputation as an innovative university and a leader in the field of education,” said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somchai.

Huawei aims to help accelerate the digital journey of education by accompanying institutions of higher learning through innovative methodologies and resources that will ensure the deep integration of teaching and technology. The digital upgrade of the education industry will be instrumental in the development of diversified talent for a prosperous digital ecosystem in Thailand and the region.

The announcement was made during Huawei Connect 2022, the global tech leader’s annual flagship event, that was held from September 19-21 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) in Bangkok. Themed “Unleash Digital”, this year’s Huawei Connect brought together more than 8,000 speakers and experts from the ICT industry to explore how the trending digital technologies like cloud, AI, and 5G can be practically applied in different industry scenarios to fully unleash their value.

New Data Centre Launched in Malaysia

NTT Ltd. a leading IT infrastructure and services company, and the first company to receive the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status back in 1997,  today announced the commencement of its sixth data center construction in Cyberjaya, shortly after the completion of its fifth data center (CBJ5) in 2021.

NTT plans to initially invest over USD50 million for the new data center known as Cyberjaya 6 (CBJ6). It complements CBJ5 which covers just under 20 000 m2 with a total facility load of 22MW when combined with CBJ6. The facility will cater to hyperscalers and high-end enterprises to accelerate digital transformation across industries in Malaysia as the nation ushers in the new digital era. With its global reach alongside local operational expertise, NTT’s data centers provide businesses in Malaysia with access to a wide portfolio of ICT solutions to support digital growth and needs, being the first company to receive Multimedia Super Corridor status back in 1997.

NTT showed its intent to support Malaysia’s digitalization during the meeting with the Trade and Investment Mission (TIM) delegation led by YB. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to Tokyo, Japan.

Dato’ Seri Azmin remarked, “MITI fully supports NTT’s investment plans in Malaysia and welcomes this latest move to develop a new data center and network infrastructure in Cyberjaya. Kudos to NTT’s vision of “NTT Green Innovation toward 2040”, in which NTT aims for carbon neutrality for its data centers by FY2030 and for the whole NTT Group by FY2040. This is certainly in tandem with Malaysia’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This strategic investment will further support and drive Malaysia’s commitment towards ESG values and advancing green growth as outlined in the Twelfth Malaysian Plan.”

“The wave of digitalization is unstoppable. Companies today realize how important it is to harness the immense power of digital technology. We are honoured that Malaysia is the location of choice for industry leaders like NTT, to site their data centers.  The establishment of CBJ6 as part of NTT’s expansion plan is a strong testament to NTT’s confidence in Malaysia’s capability as a regional data center hub. We are confident that NTT’s efforts will contribute to the country’s goal of becoming a digital nation, helping it achieve a 22.6% GDP boost from the digital economy by 2025,” said Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

“Asia Pacific is a key growth region for NTT, and Malaysia has a prime position in its strategic investment plans. With this expansion through a new data center launch, NTT will drive business opportunities domestically and also across APAC. NTT’s investment will support Malaysia’s digitalization, and accelerate the growth of our domestic and APAC digital ecosystem” added Yasuo Suzuki, Executive Vice President, Data Center Service at NTT Ltd.

The optical submarine cable MIST1 between Malaysia, Singapore, and India which is currently under construction, will enable connectivity between CBJ5 and CBJ6 to further enhance Malaysia’s network connectivity globally and build sustainable socio-economic impact. NTT will continue to expand its cable capacity.

Over the past 30 years, NTT has been expanding its footprint in Malaysia, making the nation’s vision a reality through public-private partnership. Moving forward, NTT will remain steadfast in its support for building Malaysia’s technological infrastructure, contributing towards the nation’s digital ecosystem and continually improving Malaysia’s position as a digitally-driven nation.

Thailand-U.S. Partnership on Smart Cities

Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) has received technical assistance from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to enhance the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure along with the development of smart city initiatives in Phuket.

“Working closely with DEPA, Phuket has been proactive in adopting purposeful technological solutions to improve the well-being and economic viability of its citizens and visitors. Thanks to the strong support of both USTDA and the Phuket Provincial Government, we are confident that this technical assistance will lead to a long-term citizen-centric digital transformation and strengthen ties among all parties involved,” says Dr Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, DEPA President and Chief Executive Officer.

The USTDA is happy to cooperate with DEPA and the Phuket Provincial Government to achieve their goals as Thailand has an ambitious smart cities agenda, according to Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA Director.

He added that by assisting Phuket in the deployment of these innovative and cutting-edge solutions, they will have a good influence on the lives of Thais and the millions of international tourists that visit each year. Their work will also assist to generate chances for U.S. companies to provide the types of technologies and services that Phuket needs.

Moreover, the USTDA assistance, according to the US Embassy in Thailand, will help develop technical requirements and a detailed strategy for the development of the Phuket Smart City Data Platform – a tool that leverages data and technological innovations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city management and citizen services.

The aid will facilitate the modernisation of Phuket’s integrated operations centre and essential ICT infrastructure, including traffic control and emergency communications systems, fibre-optic networks, data servers, cloud migration, cybersecurity, and 5G development.

Gwendolyn J. Cardno, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Bangkok, on the other hand, stated that the project is a great example of how the Thai-U.S. partnership can stimulate a vibrant digital economy and provide direct benefits for Thais while supporting the nation’s efforts to build a greener, smarter, and higher-value tourism sector. She added that with the U.S. as a partner, Thailand will be able to benefit from decades of American invention and thrive in this era of the digital revolution.

Furthermore, Thailand has proclaimed the success of its hosting of the APEC Women and the Economy Forum (WEF) and has vowed to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality alongside other APEC member nations.

Anucha Burapachaisri, Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister and Acting Government Spokesperson, recently revealed Thailand’s accomplishments in hosting the APEC Women and the Economy Forum (WEF).

Thailand and other APEC nations agreed during the summit to encourage networking for inclusive female empowerment, underlining that a friendly and accommodating environment for women to thrive is critical to promoting equitable and sustainable economic growth in the region.

The meeting also emphasised the importance of preventing and eliminating all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination against women and girls, as well as empowering and advancing women and gender equality in the Asia Pacific region by 2040, to achieve an open, dynamic, resilient, and peaceful Asia-Pacific community for the prosperity of all people and future generations.

As host of APEC 2022, Thailand envisions a robust and sustainable economy and society by implementing the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy model, according to a government spokesperson.

This strategy combines and synergizes three economic methods that leverage technology and innovation to create value, reduce waste, and encourage sustainable enterprises.

Thai authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to fostering female empowerment in all areas to achieve balanced and inclusive digital and socioeconomic as well as environmental progress.

Huawei Launches Innovative Solutions to Find the Right Technology for the Right Scenario

On the second day of HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 Bangkok, Huawei launched a range of innovative infrastructure solutions to drive industry digitalization by finding the right technology for the right scenario. Industry stakeholders gathered together and held discussions around the theme “Innovative Infrastructure to Unleash Digital”, exploring the future directions and opportunities for industry digitalization. They analyzed the challenges of different industries striving to go digital, and Huawei introduced solutions supported by its technical strengths to help address these challenges.

At the event, Huawei launched the Huawei Empower Program, a global partner development plan. This program will help Huawei’s partners build three types of capabilities to better serve customers: digital transformation consulting and planning, product and portfolio expertise, and solution development.

The right technology for the right scenario: Making it easier to go the “last mile” of digitalization
Ryan Ding, President of Huawei Enterprise BG (Pic), said in his keynote speech “Empowering Industry, Creating Value” that “Deeper digital transformation will help companies better adapt to an ever-changing world. Huawei is working closely with our partners to find the right technology for the right scenario, support customers in furthering their digital transformation, and unleash the power of digital.”

According to Ding, using its connectivity, computing, and cloud technologies, Huawei is working with its partners to drive ongoing industry innovation and multi-tech synergy, creating scenario-based solutions for diverse customer needs. He added that this will create greater value and make it easier for customers to go the “last mile” of their digital transformation.

Key innovative technologies and stronger infrastructure to unleash the power of digital
Bob Chen, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise BG, discussed how multi-tech synergy is critical for finding the right technology for the right scenario. He explained in his keynote speech “Innovative Digital Infrastructure Accelerates Digital Transformation” that “Data is at the core of digital transformation, and data ingestion, transmission, storage, and analysis are key steps. Huawei provides full-stack products and product portfolios to support end-to-end data processing, accelerating customers’ digital transformation.”

Data connectivity, transmission, and storage are three important parts in this process. In terms of data connectivity, Huawei upgraded its Intelligent Cloud-Network Solution that includes CloudFabric, CloudWAN, and CloudCampus. The solution aims to offer industry customers an experience that is easy, agile, and simplified, and helps lay a solid data foundation for unleashing the power of digital.
Regarding data transmission, Huawei has been exploring how to apply the fifth generation fixed network (F5G) evolution in various industries to reshape industry productivity. It has released a variety of new products and solutions for all-optical bearing, all-optical industrial networks, all-optical campuses, and all-optical sensing. For data storage, Huawei said that it is working to build a data-centric, trustworthy storage foundation for six key data usage scenarios including production and transactions, data analytics, and data protection, helping enterprises get the most from data.

Huawei Empower Program: Building a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners
At the event, Huawei launched the Huawei Empower Program, which is intended to help develop a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners. Through this program, Huawei will conduct joint innovation with partners via OpenLabs, empower partners with a new framework, a new plan, and an integrated platform, and build a talent pool through the Huawei ICT Academy and Huawei Authorized Learning Partner (HALP) programs. Huawei also announced that it would invest US$300 million in this program to support global partners in the next three years.

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