CommsUpdate: Singapore telecoms operator StarHub has revealed it is deploying a hybrid cloud-based platform called Cloud Infinity as part of a major network transformation initiative designed to allow it to keep pace with the needs of the residential, SME and corporate/enterprise markets.
Cloud Infinity reportedly builds upon the company’s previously announced five-year, S$40 million ($30.3 million) DARE+ transformation programme.
DARE: A brief history
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the operator said in August 2021 that its original DARE initiative (which commenced in October 2018) had revolutionised its structure as it progresses plans to become a ‘digital-first and agile platform’.
At the time, StarHub claimed that in its first three years, DARE had already “exceeded the initial cost savings target of S$210 million” and that “The Group is expected to achieve total cost savings of S$273 million by the end of October 2021, the third anniversary of the program.”
In November 2021, StarHub outlined its next phase of transformation, DARE+, which spans the period from 2022 to 2026. Under DARE+, StarHub is rolling out a hybrid cloud architecture that will enable it to launch sovereign cloud services, among other capabilities, it said.
StarHub cloud collaborators
Commenting on the development, StarHub CTO Ayush Sharma said: ‘Having embarked on DARE+ in 2021, we have reached the point where we are no longer just achieving project milestones but going beyond to set new benchmarks for the entire industry … Maximising agility, Cloud Infinity will serve as a cradle of innovation for our enterprise and consumer businesses, allowing us to deliver the market’s most unique, meaningful and enriching products and services with speed and reliability.’
StarHub also announced it has collaborated with cloud service providers AWS, Google Cloud and NAVER, as well as Nokia, to jointly develop ultra-low latency cloud, communication, and entertainment services. The operator says this move enables it to launch rich digital applications that could be hosted in edge data centers, so that end users can have faster services.
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