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21 April 2017
| James Pearce
NTT and PT Telkom Indonesia have launched a joint research and development initiative that will look at creating new network services using virtual infrastructure in the APAC region.
The APAC Telecom Innovation Initiative, or ATII, will
develop technical studies ad proof of concepts around new
network services as virtualisation becomes more common on
The initiative was launched in Tokyo on 17 April by Tadashi
Ito, SVP, head of NTT Information Network Laboratory Group,
NTT, and Arief Mustain, executive general manager (EGM) of
digital service division for Telkom Indonesia. It aims to add
additional members going forward, including additional services
providers and carriers.
In a joint statement, both companies said: "Currently, APAC
service providers are faced with several common issues such as
sustainability due to natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes and
typhoons) and unique traffic demands/requirements due to uneven
population distributions (growth/erosion of population) with a
similar geography as island nations in the APAC region. With
this in mind, ATII will propose new services and technologies
for the APAC region.
"ATII will attempt to accelerate innovation and create new
markets using information and communications technology (ICT)
to benefit society with a focus on sustainable development
through collaboration and promotion with various partners in
the APAC region so as to realize the vision of APAC service
providers/countries to lead the world economy in the
ATII identified three areas in which it will launch projects
focusing on the characteristics of virtualisation
infrastructure technologies. The three projects are around:
High Value-added Network Services; Server Platform
Virtualization; and Flexible Access Network Virtualization.
PT Telkom Indonesia,