True IDC joins Ja­pan’s BBIX in data ven­ture

Thai­land en­vis­aged as in­ter­net ex­change hub

Bangkok Post - - BUSINESS / NATIONAL - SUCHIT LEESA-NGUANSUK

True IDC, a lo­cal provider of data cen­tre and cloud ser­vices, is form­ing a joint ven­ture with Ja­pan’s big­gest in­ter­net ex­change ser­vice provider, BBIX Inc, to pre­pare for tremen­dous growth in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI), e-com­merce and global in­ter­net.

“The com­pany fore­sees Thai­land be­com­ing Asean’s in­ter­net ex­change hub, an al­ter­na­tive in­ter­net ex­change for con­nec­tiv­ity to In­dochina and an in­te­gral part of dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture for Thai­land 4.0,” said Sup­pa­rat Si­vapetchranat Sing­hara Na Ayut­thaya, gen­eral man­ager and chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of True IDC.

BBIX Thai­land, a joint ven­ture of True IDC and BBIX with hold­ings in the pro­por­tion of 51% and 49% re­spec­tively, will start ser­vice by the end of this year.

Thai­land’s in­ter­na­tional traf­fic is grow­ing by 40-50% a year, with 3,000 Gbps of net­work con­sump­tion.

Thai users are the world’s keen­est by time spent on the in­ter­net, at more than nine hours a day, and some of the heav­i­est users of so­cial me­dia and e-com­merce as well.

“Thai­land be­comes the first coun­try to form a joint ven­ture with BBIX, as True has the cloud and data cen­tre in­fra­struc­ture that can syn­er­gise per­fectly and move faster to the mar­ket,” said Kei­ichi Mak­i­zono, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of BBIX, 100%-owned by SoftBank Corp.

The in­ter­net ex­change point (IxP) busi­ness en­tails phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture that lets net­works in­ter­con­nect di­rectly, via the ex­change. The ad­van­tages of di­rect in­ter­con­nec­tion are cost, la­tency and band­width.

BBIX is the fastest-grow­ing in­ter­net ex­change ser­vice in Ja­pan, with a 50% growth rate in the past five years.

BBIX has op­er­a­tions in Ja­pan, the US, Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore, all of which are wholly owned by BBIX Ja­pan.

The joint ven­ture in Thai­land will pro­vide bet­ter net­work in­fra­struc­ture to serve the rise of the In­ter­net of Things, ro­bot­ics, AI, in­ter­net ser­vice providers, mo­bile op­er­a­tors and con­tent providers.

BBIX sees po­ten­tially 580 or­gan­i­sa­tional cus­tomers in Thai­land that con­sume a great deal of in­ter­net band­width and data, in­clud­ing banks and big cor­po­ra­tions us­ing AI tech­nol­ogy.

In its first phase, BBIX will pro­vide ser­vices in Bangkok, be­fore ex­pand­ing to prov­inces and the CLMV (Cam­bo­dia, Laos, Myan­mar, Viet­nam).

Mr Sup­pa­rat said there are two or three in­ter­net ex­changes al­ready in Thai­land, but he touted the new joint ven­ture as the first Layer 2 in­ter­net ex­change of­fer­ing faster con­nec­tiv­ity for con­sumers.

“This ser­vice might in­di­rectly at­tract more global in­ter­net con­tent providers to ex­pand their data cen­tres here in Thai­land, as there are al­ready cloud and data cen­tre ser­vices with the growth of data con­sump­tion in the coun­try,” he said.

True IDC’s Sup­pa­rat Si­vapetchranat Sing­hara Na Ayut­thaya (left) with Kei­ichi Mak­i­zono, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of BBIX Inc.

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