Embracing digital technology could prove the key to a more dynamic, networked and innovative Southeast Asia region by 2025 – driving new economic activities and realising the full potential of its dynamic demographic.
As the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) noted in its 2025 blueprint, connectivity and data centres play a key role in facilitating both cross-border trade and foreign investment. As a telecommunications services provider that delivers domestic and global connectivity, cloud computing, data centre and managed services to customers across Southeast Asia, Time plays a fundamental role in today’s trade environment – including making it easier for businesses and people to access opportunities, supply-chains, markets and connectivity to facilitate movements of people and goods within or across border regardless of their relative position.
In line with AEC’s 2025 vision, Time's A-GRID, an inter-region fibre optic network is a one-stop end-to-end connectivity solution that combines terrestrial and subsea cable systems which link Southeast Asian
Aimed at meeting the growing demand for Internet and cloud connectivity within Southeast Asia, Time's A-GRID resolves differences in infrastructure investments, geographical makeup, technological standards and business objectives in different countries.
Linking Malaysia to Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong with seamless connectivity, the platform helps cloud businesses and services expand across these countries via a single provider.
Further enhancing the A-GRID's robust connectivity is Time's cloud services. Powered by network functions virtualisation (NFVi) technology, it has the ability to virtualise network and edge services over the cloud in its entirety. Time's OpenStack and VMware cloud platforms paired with our high-performance A-GRID network can improve operational efficiency and agility for successful deployment of multicloud strategies
Time's cloud services is housed in its secure hyperscale data centres, AIMS Data Centres (AIMS), a subsidiary of the TIME Group. With premier data centres in Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya, Bangkok and multiple key cities in Vietnam, all of these services form a platform for businesses to build an ideal infrastructure for the implementation of next-generation networks to access new markets and offer value-added services to their target audience.
With DWDM transmission and Ethernet protocols, the A-GRID's scalable network design provides users optimised network performance that extends business flexibility and network reliability. As the first service provider in Southeast Asia with a triple certified MEF 3.0 network namely MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet, MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata and MEF 3.0 SD-WAN, Time's industry-leading global standards ensure better network management, more secure connectivity to the cloud, faster speed and deployment efficiency.
Going back to its mission of marking its footprint across Southeast Asia, just in March this year, Time entered a partnership with Finnish multinational telecommunications giant, Nokia, to supply the delivery of a DWDM optical network across multiple data centres, cable landing stations and telecom exchanges.
AIMS, on the other hand, is Malaysia and Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data centre and managed services provider that offers an interconnected ecosystem to unlock a myriad of commercial opportunities for businesses and services in the region.
With the right digital infrastructure in place, a far greater proportion of ASEAN’s 630 million people will be able to engage in commerce across the region – and the wider world – at the click of a button. The rise of e-commerce will also facilitate growth in allied industries, such as infrastructure, logistics, financing and payments.
Time saw this opportunity and continued to strengthen its ever-growing interlinked network across all regions. TIME dotCom (Cambodia) Co., Ltd, for instance, seeks to address the country’s growing digital population which saw a 14% increase in the number of Internet users between 2020 and 2021, totalling 8.86 million. With IEPL VPN managed by Time Cambodia, an entity certified by government bodies and licensed by local regulators, businesses can rely on experts familiar with local processes to help them set up operations quickly and easily – saving on time, effort and cost.
Featuring a low latency and secured Private Leased Line link within the A-GRID network, the new offering aims to provide enterprises an accessible solution to expand into Southeast Asia with a competitive and secure bandwidth connection. While standard connectivity offerings typically start from 1Gbps and above, business of all sizes can subscribe to IEPL VPN for a wide range of bandwidth options starting from as low as 2Mbps.
With a local market presence – regardless in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia, Time can provide expertise and support to identify and resolve potential technical issues within a shorter time frame, allowing companies to fully focus on running their business.
The symbiotic relationship between Time's A-GRID network and cloud services as well as AIMS data centres, demonstrate Time's determination to connect Southeast Asia to the world and play its part in accelerating digital transformation initiatives. With solid cloud infrastructure and a proven reputation for product innovation, Time is confident in its ability to support the growth of the region’s digital economy by global industry standards.