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Corporate April 15, 2019 15:53

By JIRAPAN BOONNOON
THE NATION

NTT Communications (Thailand) will set up an innovation lab to provide artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and blockchain solutions to support the manufacturing and security insurance industries.



 

The firm is also investing Bt500 million to expand its data centre at Amata City Industrial Estate.

Manabu Kahara, president of NTT Communications (Thailand), said that the firm has moved to set up Innovation Lab in order to showcase various innovative solutions to support manufacturing and the security insurance industries in order to help them improve the efficiency and productivity of their businesses. He added that the firm within this year will invest around Bt500 million in order to set up the third-phase expansion of the Bangkok 2 Data Centre at Amata City Industrial Estate. When it opens in July, the centre will boast a high-density 1,200 square-metre space with 2,000-kilowatt power facilitates to support Thailand’s investment policy in Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). 

The large investment will enable equipping the centre with a high level of stability and data security, as well as being able to provide customers with comprehensive services. The centre’s latest phase will retain the benefits of Nexcentre with its focus on quality, flexibility and cost-efficiency in responding to the business expansion and industrial investment in the EEC area.

IDC reported that by 2022, 15 per cent of public cloud computing in Thailand will be based on non-x86 processors (including quantum). By then, organisations will be spending more on vertical software as a service (SaaS) apps than on horizontal apps.

By 2024, AI-enabled user interfaces and process automation will replace one-third of today’s screen-based apps in Thailand. Also, by 2022, 20 per cent of enterprises will use conversational speech tech for customer engagement. And by 2023, some 25 per cent of servers in Thailand will encrypt data at rest and in motion; over 20 per cent of security alerts will be handled by AI-powered automation, and 3.5 million people will have blockchain-based digital identities.

“Thailand offers the highest potential growth for our business in this region,” said Kahara. “The Thai government is still driving and supporting the Thailand 4.0 scheme and the EEC project. The top three business services that generate revenue to the company are networking, the data centre and cloud services. We will also focus on providing a hybrid cloud to the market.” 

By the end of fiscal 2019, the firm expects to generate revenue growth of 10 per cent over last year, he noted, adding that it has around 1,000 enterprise and business customers. Around 50 per cent are Japanese companies, with local companies making up the rest, including international branches of US and European companies. Local companies are expected to reach 60 per cent of customers over the next three years.