More participation in telco industry

TM is ready to provide the govt with cloud and cyber security services under MyDigital Blueprint

by ASILA JALIL / Pic by ARIF KARTONO

TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) expects more collaboration to take place between the country’s telecommunication players and digital service providers as investment in 5G networks continues to put profits and revenue under pressure.

Local telecommunication companies (telco) players have secured multiple partnerships in the past year with the likes of Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd to speed up the commercial rollout of 5G networks, and Amazon Web Services to deliver cloud solutions.

TM group CEO Imri Mokhtar said it is very likely the industry will see more collaboration emerging following Axiata Group Bhd and Telenor Asia Pte Ltd recent proposed merger of Celcom Axiata Bhd with DiGi.Com Bhd.

“This is the reality of the digital ecosystem today. We expect more collaboration to happen within a lot of other technology companies, not only in the telco landscape but with other digital solution providers as well,” Imri told reporters after the launch of TM’s cloud and cyber security services for the government at TM One Klang Valley Core Data Centre (KVDC) in Cyberjaya yesterday.

The proposed merger of Digi and Axiata, a second attempt in two years, is widely expected to ease competition in Malaysia’s mobile market and generate business synergies via cost optimisation and scale.

Imri said TM is ready to provide the government with cloud and cyber security services to accelerate the government’s digital transformation under the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital Blueprint).

He said the group is well positioned to strengthen the country’s cloud computing services infrastructure in order to migrate 80% of public data to the cloud system by the end of 2022, in line with the government’s Cloud First strategy.

Imri said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin requested the group to accelerate digital implementation nationwide to ensure the public could enjoy the benefits of better connectivity in the country.

“Digital elements like fibre, 5G, cloud services or cyber security are only the technological components. What is more important is the digital solution that can be used by the technology. We need to see how TM and the government can provide digital services that would be efficient for the people,” he said.

TM’s cloud and cyber security services for the government provide full cloud capabilities to accelerate public sector digital adoption, which include end-to-end cloud services, managed cloud services, infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-aservice and software-as-a-service cloud professional services.

The TM One Cyber Defence Centre, on the other hand, provides managed security services such as global cyber threat intelligence services, active cyber defence and 24/7 global cyber security operations centre to protect public data.

TM was given conditional approval to be the cloud service provider for the MyDigital Blueprint initiative along with Microsoft Corp, Google LLC and Amazon.com Inc to build and manage hyperscale data centre and cloud services.

The group currently has twin data centres, namely the KVDC and the Iskandar Puteri Core Data Centre in Nusajaya, Johor.

Imri said the current occupancy rate for both data centres is at over 50%, with the KVDC expected to undergo a capacity expansion by December this year to meet the higher demand for digital services.

“Based on the data and cloud services needed by the government and private sector, TM will make further investments in the infrastructure of these services.

“There are other land areas identified by TM for the next investments towards its data centres, some will be around this area (Cyberjaya) as well,” he said.