Towards empowering its enterprise customers as well as to seize the growing opportunities in the sector of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited has planned a series of deployments in the upcoming months.
First major rollout would be global data centers, one in Guangzhou and another in Beijing, China. The data center in Guangzhou will be opened by September 2016, followed by the center in Beijing towards the end of 2016. CITIC Telecom already has a series of data centers across the world, countable to 27.
“CITIC Telecom CPC firmly believes that reliable data center services are the foundation upon which opportunities are created, and success built, in the cloud era,” said a release from the company. “China is one of the fastest growing markets in the region.” According to a data released by Frost & Sullivan, the Asia-Pacific data center market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.7% from 2015 – 2022 to reach US$32.8 billion by the end of 2022.
The second launch of CITIC Telecom includes two new SmartCLOUD (TM) cloud services centers by the second half of 2016, one in Los Angeles, U.S., and another in Frankfurt, Germany. In early 2016, CITIC Telecom opened two cloud centers in Asia, Taichung, Taiwan, and in Tokyo, Japan. In total, these new centers make 12 cloud centers, covering Asia-Pacific, the U.S., and Europe.
The third launch would be SmartCLOUD (TM)’s Professional Service in the second half of 2016. These cloud services will cater to the enterprise customers requiring IT resources and support to implement their cloud services.
CITIC Telecom CTC has also entered into a managed security services partnership (MSSP) with Fortinet, which will primarily address the managed security services needs of the enterprise customers. This partnership, the first-of-its-kind for Fortinet in Asia-Pacific, also launched its advanced enterprise security offering TrustCSI (TM) ATP (Advanced Threat Protection).
Commenting on the partnership, Cherry Fung, Fortinet’s Country Manager for Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia said, “As more enterprises chose to outsource security to focus on their core business, managed security services will continue to grow in popularity. Frost & Sullivan has forecast the APAC MSS market to grow rapidly from US$2.48 billion in 2015 to US$3.77 billion in 2018. This means a huge opportunity for business expansion.”
“CITIC Telecom CPC, with its extensive service coverage in the region, reaches even developing zones, which are not served by many other service providers. They represent an ideal partner for us to take advantage of this growth,” she added.
Daniel Kwong, Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Security Services at CITIC Telecom CPC sees this opportunity as a recognition for its reputation in network security solutions. “Our unparalleled geographic reach enables Fortinet to gain first-mover advantage in Asia Pacific, particularly untapped developing markets that few providers can access,” he said.
Fortinet-CTC Telecom CPC’s TrustCSI (TM) ATP is said to be a solution for enterprises to safeguard themselves from advanced threats. It combines CITIC Telecom CPC’s TrustCSI (TM) Managed Security Services and Fortinet’s FortiGate network security platform, FortiSandbox (TM) advanced threat protection appliances, and FortiWeb web application firewalls. Necessary support is also offered by Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs threat research team and CITIC Telecom CPC’s 24×7 Security Operations Centers’ security experts.
CTC Telecom CPC will further expand its product portfolio with new NFV-capable solutions, comprising virtualized UTM and networking devices (for example, routers). The Software-defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) market are estimated to grow at 86% CAGR, from US$ 2 billion in 2015 to over US$ 45 billion in 2020, according to ReportsnReports.com. CTC plans to tap this growing opportunity via the new product launches in NFV and SDN sectors.
In June 2016, CITIC Telecom CPC acquired the assets of the telecommunication business of Linx Telecommunications BV, expanding its global footprint from the Asia Pacific, North America and Western Europe to Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
“Our phenomenal success over the last few years proves the validity of our long-term growth strategy focused on a customer-first approach, strategic partnerships and continued investment in next-generation technologies and services,” Ivan Tang, CITIC Telecom CPC’s Senior Vice President of Sales said. The new launches and partnerships are a part of the company’s four-pillar strategy fulfilling its corporate mission – “Innovation Never Stops.”