SingTel Optus launches hosting services

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and Optus have launched their first joint communication product in Australia, a suite of managed hosting services called Optus Expan.

Singtel said Optus Expan is Australia's first suite of Pan Asian managed hosting and data products, able to deliver seamless service across the region.

The solution will suit multinational companies requiring a fully managed data communications and Web hosting service across the Asia-Pacific region.

SingTel president and CEO, Lee Hsien Yang, said that through the service, Optus customers with Asian operations could have their servers and IT systems housed and managed in any of the telco's data centres across the region.

"Their data communications will be carried over our extensive cable networks throughout the region."

The Expan network comprises data centres located in Singapore (three), Hong Kong (two), Japan (two), Korea, Taiwan and Australia.

Singtel said that, to support the roll out of the hosting service it will invest a further $15 million over the next two years to enhance the Optus data centre in Ultimo, near Sydney's CBD.

As a result, Optus will offer an extended range of services, including enhanced co-location capabilities, IT-related operations (including systems management and security services), bandwidth and disaster recovery services via storage facilities.

Yang said Australia is expected to be one of SingTel's top three markets in the region, outside of Singapore.

Expan chief executive officer Mary Ong said the total addressable corporate outsourcing market for managed hosting and data products in the Asia-Pacific region was around $4.86 billion a year.

Singtel expects revenue from the provision of managed hosting services in the Asian-Pacific region to reach $200 million on an annual basis by 2005.

Optus chief operating officer Paul O'Sullivan said the telco plans to win market share from rival Telstra in terms of driving positive revenue growth in the corporate market in 2002.

O'Sullivan said in terms of revenues in Optus' major trading divisions, they totalled around $2 billion in the corporate and wholesale area, with government contracts making up between 20 to 30 per cent of that figure.

Mobile division revenues totalled nearly $3 billion and slightly more than $1 billion for the consumer division, O'Sullivan said.

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