NTT and PT Telkom Indonesia have established the APAC Telecom Innovation Initiative (ATII), a joint research and development initiative with the goal of creating new network services using virtual infrastructure technologies in the Asia-Pacific region beyond 2020.
The ATII initiative intends to develop technical studies and proof of concepts (PoCs) regarding requirements for new network services in the virtualization era, focusing on the instantaneousness and availability characteristics of virtual infrastructure technologies to develop flexible and efficient network services.
Initially, three projects have been established for high value-added network services, server platform virtualization, and flexible access network virtualization.
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. ATII will propose new services and technologies addressing these issues.
ATII will also attempt to accelerate innovation and create new markets using ICT to benefit society with a focus on sustainable development through collaboration and promotion with various partners in the APAC region.
ATII will immediately start the joint technical studies and has plans to publish whitepapers on the identified requirements, specifications and PoCs results.
Further, ATII will liaise and share these findings with the related standards developing organizations and industrial alliances to expand and further develop its activities.
ATII eventually hopes to perform field trials with participating service providers and partners in emerging markets which will lead to deployable commercial services based on lessons learned from the ATII studies and PoCs.