SINGAPORE, 21 JANUARY 2010 Information and communications provider Wharf T&T has launched its new EN or enterprise network investment project. About US$128 million will be used to give a boost to the company's fixed network infrastructure and to encourage the development of IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) for business customers.
Wharf T&T refers to December 2009 figures from the census and statistics department which indicate low IT penetration in the business sector in Hong Kong. About 60 per cent of business units in the city use personal computers or Internet connection and only 20 per cent of these establishments have their own portals.
Replacing legacy networks
The company also notes a December 2009 report from the office of telecommunications authority (OFTA) showing that five new fixed network operators (FNOs) jointly have succeeded in achieving 60 per cent coverage of all commercial buildings in Hong Kong.
Due to this lack of coverage, customers in more than 40 per cent of the commercial buildings in Hong Kong are using the not-so-efficient legacy copper-based fixed network infrastructure for their telecom services.
This poor IT infrastructure is set to impede the growth of companies in Hong Kong because high-speed broadband Internet connection is important for business growth in this competitive fast communication era, said Wharf T&T.
Affordable IT services
The US $128 million funds for this new enterprise network will be used to lay fibre directly into the offices. Engineers will ensure this network can be upgraded to 10G' per connection and will cover a wide variety of important areas in a business environment including presence, messaging, security-as-a-service, desktop care, and storage cloud.
Once all the fibres are in place and the network has been installed, all the business customers in Hong Kong including small and medium enterprises will benefit from affordable one-stop ITaaS. The costs will cover the maintenance of the network and service upgrade.
Vincent Ma, the president of Wharf T&T, noted the importance of making sophisticated ICT services accessible and affordable for SMEs to the long-term competitiveness of the business sector.
He said this additional investment will bring a new era to business broadband Internet services. Full fibre-to-the-office deployed for more than 95 per cent of the business customers in Hong Kong is set to significantly boost information communications and technology usage among small and medium enterprises.
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