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TM Inks Agreement With Huawei; Set To Become The Only Malaysian-Owned End-To-End Cloud AI Infrastructure Service Provider

July 03, 2020
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We are delighted to be working hand-in-hand with Huawei Malaysia, in enabling TM ONE to offer an extensive array of cloud computing services under our Cloud Alpha brand.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd (Huawei), sealing a collaboration that will see further expansion of its Cloud services offered by its enterprise and public sector business arm, TM ONE. With this signing, TM Cloud α [Cloud Alpha] services are set to enable next-generation innovation for its customers.

Signing on behalf of TM was Ahmad Taufek Omar, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, TM ONE and Mohd Roslan Mohd Rashidi, Vice President of Sales, TM ONE; while Huawei was represented by Zac Chow, Vice President of Carrier Network Business Group, Huawei Malaysia and Lim Chee Siong, Vice President of Cloud & AI, Huawei Malaysia. The signing was witnessed by YB Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia, accompanied by Dato’ Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin, Group Chief Executive Officer, TM and Michael Yuan, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Malaysia.

Commenting on the collaboration, Dato’ Noor Kamarul said, “As the national telecommunications infrastructure provider of Malaysia’s Digital Nation aspirations, we are excited to be working with Huawei Malaysia to accelerate our digital services and solutions offering to the nation and strengthens our position as the nation’s Cloud Infrastructure Provider. I’m pleased to note that TM is the only local player with its own state-of-the-art core Data Centres and Cloud infrastructure with full data residency, locality and sovereignty in Malaysia and subjected to regulations in Malaysia. With these digital infrastructure and services, we can offer a complete data residency and locality in Malaysia. Combining Cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the most advanced cybersecurity practices and technologies for our Cloud operations, TM is striding strongly forward as the only Malaysian-owned end-to-end cloud infrastructure service provider. Holistically, we are an ideal cloud services provider for the nation and our partnership with global partners such as Huawei is yet another testament of TM’s prominent role as the enabler of Digital Malaysia.”

Detailing the scope of the partnership, Ahmad Taufek commented: “We are delighted to be working hand-in-hand with Huawei Malaysia, in a collaboration which enables TM ONE to offer an extensive array of cloud computing services under our Cloud Alpha brand. With this partnership, we will be able to offer our customers a whole suite of cloud services, spanning the standard Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), covering Industry Solutions, Enterprise Application Services, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and many more. This collaboration will strengthen TM ONE’s positioning to become the leading Cloud Service Provider and Cloud Aggregator in the market and in the country.”

With the MoA, TM ONE’s enterprise and public sector customers, as well as organisations in the SME segment will enjoy the full capabilities of Cloud α solutions. By tapping into Huawei Cloud technology, which provides a powerful computing platform and an easy-to-use development environment, Cloud α service will enable TM ONE’s customers to also enjoy the power of reliable, secure, agile and future-ready cloud platform and services to drive their digital transformation journey.

This collaboration with Huawei Malaysia is another milestone for TM ONE as we now have full cloud capability as a core offering from TM ONE to capture growth in Malaysia, which is expected to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 27% in the next five (5) years. More smart services and Big Data analytics solutions based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities can also be introduced to the market, powered by Cloud α.

Ahmad Taufek

Meanwhile, Michael Yuan said, “We are excited to be able to collaborate with TM as we enter the next level of partnership in cloud and AI opportunities to fast-track digital transformation in Malaysia. Leveraging on TM’s wide network coverage and expertise from Huawei technological innovation, I am confident that we can develop a holistic ICT infrastructure together in line with the government’s move to spur Malaysia’s digital economy growth.”

Earlier in April, TM ONE launched Cloud α, the end-to-end, full stack cloud services comprising IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Cloud Professional Services and Managed Cloud Services. Cloud α [Cloud Alpha] is the foundation that enables important innovation such as blockchain, chatbot, data analytics and robotic process automation (RPA) to be rolled out, so that the industry players can enhance their service delivery while keeping in compliance with regulatory requirements such as Bank Negara Malaysia’s Risk Management in Technology (RMiT) regulations.

For more information on TM ONE and its cloud services solution offerings, visit www.tmone.com.my/solutions/cloud-services.

About TM ONE

TM ONE is the business-to-business arm fronting the enterprise and public sectors for Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM). It is the digital enabler for secured Hyperconnected Ecosystem, empowering enterprises and the public sector to realise the full potential of their digital opportunities. The Hyperconnected Ecosystem for today’s businesses and beyond are #madepossible with TM ONE’s comprehensive digital solutions enabled by high-performance connectivity and digital infrastructure.

As part of an integrated telco and an enabler of the Digital Nation for all Malaysians, consumers and businesses alike, TM ONE is well positioned to enable the ecosystem for digital society, digital business and digital government. Leveraging on its complete digital solutions offerings across Software-defined networking and network function virtualisation (SDN-NFV), Hybrid Cloud, Cybersecurity and Smart Services, bundled with analytics, TM ONE will fulfil the needs of businesses and the public sector in embracing digital convergence as the next frontier of advanced innovation. This is in line with TM’s vision of “Life and Business Made Easier for a Better Malaysia”.

For further information on TM ONE and its solution offerings, visit www.tmone.com.my.

About TM

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), is Malaysia’s leading integrated telco offering a comprehensive suite of communication services and solutions in fixed (telephony and broadband), mobility, content, WiFi, ICT, Cloud and smart services. TM is driven by stakeholder value creation in a highly competitive environment; and places emphasis on delivering an enhanced customer experience via continuous customer service quality improvements and innovations, whilst focusing on increased operational efficiency and productivity.

For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my.

About Huawei

Established since 2001, Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, a global leader in ICT Technology. Malaysia currently has 11 shared global service centres, 1 Customer and Solution Innovation Center and 1 Global Training centre. With more than 2,400 employees operating in over 130+ countries of which 70% is local Malaysians which serves over 90% of Malaysia’s population as the largest ICT solutions provider. Malaysia is the regional headquarters for the Asia Pacific region which includes Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

Several awards was awarded to Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd such as “ICT Industry and Talent Development in Malaysia” from MDEC, “Cyber Security Organization of the Year” from CyberSecurity Malaysia and “Best Strategic Partner for Talent Development” from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. Huawei’s mission is to expand the benefits of technology to everyone, everywhere. To achieve this, we’ve developed a digital inclusion strategy that focuses on three areas: technology, applications, and skills. We believe that technology will make life better for every individual, home, and organization.

For more information, please visit www.huawei.com/my.

HONOR Malaysia Appoints TM ONE as Cloud Service Provider to Serve Customers Across Three Continents

September 13, 2021
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  • HONOR, a leading global provider of smart devices adopts TM ONE Cloud solutions – α Edge (pronounced as Alpha Edge), to serve its customers across three continents
  • This strategic alliance is a major stride forward into the wider eCommerce market involving greater scalability, security, stability and speed

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), via its enterprise and public sector business solutions arm TM ONE, recently join forces with HONOR Technology (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, one of the leading global providers of smart devices, to provide Cloud services not only for HONOR Malaysia’s customers but also across three (3) continents – namely, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

This strategic alliance signals a major expansion of TM ONE α Edge regionally. The end-to-end comprehensive Cloud services were chosen by HONOR Malaysia to host the eCommerce platform and digital solutions, in its ongoing efforts to expand its presence in the premium market segment. Currently, HONOR has 3,000+ service centers, 2,000+ call center representatives and close to 8,000 employees globally to provide premium and efficient services to consumers in over 100 markets. The TM ONE α Edge is equipped to deliver the required flexibility to scale effectively for any unprecedented demands in traffic or business challenges.

Shazurawati Abd Karim, Executive Vice President of TM ONE, commented: “Fuelled by the pandemic, the extraordinary surge in Cloud adoption by many businesses especially those connected to serving consumer markets, bodes well for future growth and recovery. This partnership marks another important growth milestone in strengthening Malaysia’s position on the global front as a preferred digital destination and business hub. We are an ideal Cloud service provider for the nation and this is yet another testament to our leading role as the enabler of Digital Malaysia.”

Towards ensuring a stable and secured service, some of the key aspects of the α Edge portfolio for HONOR Malaysia includes a dedicated 24/7 technical team, with professional and managed services. In addition to TM ONE’s robust global network and secured digital connectivity infrastructure, the service operates through TM ONE Tier-III Data Centres, to ensure benefits such as low latency coupled with reachability to customers.

Meanwhile, Kee Ee Neng, Chief Financial Officer of HONOR Malaysia, commented, “It’s a proud moment to be in the same alignment with TM ONE when it comes to digital solutions. We look forward to providing the leading technology and developing further opportunities with TM ONE on this exciting journey ahead.”

α Edge, a part of TM ONE Cloud α, has been designed to provide seamless migration of critical workloads to the Cloud, quickly, easily, cost-effectively, and without constraints. It comes ready to support HONOR Malaysia’s IT platform and digital solutions with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, resource monitoring and identity access management, as well as advanced security tools and cybersecurity support.

The strategic partnership between TM ONE with HONOR Malaysia leverages TM ONE’s leading end-to-end cloud service solution designed for businesses.

For further information on TM ONE’s Cloud services, visit www.tmone.com.my/solutions/cloud-services and for more info on HONOR Malaysia, visit www.hihonor.com/global

TM ONE Teams Up with SAP to Become First Local Hyperscaler for Partner Managed Cloud

August 19, 2021
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Ms Shazurawati Abd Karim, Executive Vice President of TM ONE: The appointment by SAP Malaysia is another milestone for TM ONE as we continuously expand and strengthen our Cloud α offerings.
  • This collaboration is aimed at empowering enterprise digitalisation to drive and support MyDIGITAL aspirations towards a technologically advanced economy via SAP and TM ONE’s Cloud infrastructure.
  • Malaysian enterprises will be able to enjoy advanced SAP business suite solutions such as SAP S/4HANA Intelligent Enterprise and SAP Business One, powered by intelligent Cloud from TM ONE’s α Edge.

TM ONE, the enterprise and public sector business solutions arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and SAP Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SAP), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic collaboration to accelerate the digital transformation of Malaysian enterprises and to improve their operating efficiency through digital solutions. The event also announced the appointment of TM ONE as the first local hyperscaler to become the Partner Managed Cloud (PMC) provider for SAP business suite solutions in Malaysia.

With this appointment, TM ONE’s α Edge (pronounced as Alpha Edge) will provide cloud infrastructure to empower SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions in meeting the business needs of TM ONE’s enterprise customers.

Commenting on the appointment, Shazurawati Abd Karim, Executive Vice President of TM ONE said, “The appointment by SAP Malaysia is another milestone for TM ONE as we continuously expand and strengthen our Cloud α offerings. This time, we are making available to our customers the largest sovereign-Cloud to empower SAP Business One solutions targeted at SME and medium-sized enterprises.  With this solution, our customers will be able to enjoy secure, world-class Cloud-based enterprise business solutions, hosted on TM ONE’s intelligent Cloud – α Edge cloud infrastructure. It provides unmatched Cloud connectivity and cybersecurity as well as full data residency in Malaysia.”

“SAP is a renowned global technology powerhouse that has accelerated the digitalisation of millions of businesses through its ERP solutions. We view this appointment as timely in TM ONE’s continuous journey towards taking transformation forward for Malaysian enterprises. As we innovate and continue to empower our customers in the current digital economy, SAP is the right organisation to drive the digital transformation of businesses, thus elevating the country into Digital Malaysia. This befits TM Group’s unique role as the enabler of Digital Malaysia’s aspirations, committed to serving a more digital society, digital business, digital industry and digital Government,” added Shazurawati.

As SAP’s PMC provider, TM ONE is able to offer its customers a full subscription-based model of SAP Business One hosted on TM ONE’s α Edge, bundled with managed services. This arrangement enables organisations to migrate their enterprise systems to the Cloud with confidence, visibility, and predictability.

Through this approach, TM ONE customers will also be able to enjoy ready-to-use fully managed solutions, rapid time-to-value, lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and scalability and flexibility in deployment. In addition, TM ONE is in discussions with SAP to finalise its scope of offerings by expanding the PMC programme to SAP S/4HANA Intelligent Enterprise solutions to target large enterprise customers.

As part of this tie-up, TM ONE and SAP will also explore a co-creation and innovation partnership that entails transformation initiatives for 5G use cases, Customer Experience, Procurement & Digital Supply Chain and Human Experience Management. 

Meanwhile, Hong Kok Cheong, Managing Director, SAP Malaysia said: “True digital transformation is the fundamental rethinking of the customer experience, business models, and operations to find new ways in delivering value, generating revenue and improving efficiency. This can be done by leveraging intelligent technologies such as ERP solutions, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Cloud. With SAP solutions hosted on TM ONE’s α Edge, businesses can harness the power of their data and build a truly intelligent enterprise, while accelerating trusted outcome-driven innovation, real-time decision making, and thrive in the digital economy.”

SAP is today the world’s leading enterprise applications provider. Across the globe, SAP customers include 92% of the Forbes Global 2000 companies, 98% of the 100 most valued brands, 97% of the greenest companies (according to Newsweek), while approximately 80% of SAP’s customers are SMEs.

For more information about TM ONE Cloud α solutions, visit www.tmone.com.my/solutions/cloud-services and for more information on SAP, visit www.sap.com/sea/index.html.

TM and Cybersecurity Malaysia Join Forces to Strengthen National Cyberspace Resilience

July 01, 2021
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This Memorandum of Collaboration signals the continued urgency of addressing the relentless surge of cyber threats impacting both the public and business sectors as a fundamental step to enabling a sustainable, safe and successful digital society.
  • This alliance will build greater cybersecurity awareness, enhance Malaysia’s cybersecurity maturity level and strengthen cyberspace resilience.
  • Both companies will leverage each other’s expertise, technical capabilities and global best practicesto create a safer and more robust cyber ecosystem.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) via its enterprise and public sector business solutions arm, TM ONE, today sealed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with CyberSecurity Malaysia, the national cybersecurity specialist agency under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), to empower and strengthen the level of cybersecurity in Malaysia.

The MoC was signed in a virtual event by Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab FASc, Chief Executive Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia and Imri Mokhtar, Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), TM. The ceremony was witnessed by General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired) Chairman of the Board of Directors, CyberSecurity Malaysia and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh, Chairman of TM.

The event was also graced by the presence of YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia.

Commenting on key aspects of the memorandum, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh noted: “We are honoured to collaborate with CyberSecurity Malaysia in this strategic initiative, which is aimed at elevating the nation’s cybersecurity network and ecosystem and strengthening Malaysia’s self-reliance in cyberspace. It is vital for the adoption of cybersecurity to be in tandem with the pace of transformation in order to secure our digital economy. Being a strategic partner, it is our pleasure to lend our expertise not just for this initiative but in Malaysia’s mission to enhance its cybersecurity capabilities. This collaboration will enable both parties to enhance the ability of the public and business sectors to fend off cyberattacks that can come from all corners of the world and make cybersecurity a key thrust towards a sustainable digital economy, digital government and digital society. TM as the enabler of Digital Malaysia, is here to bridge the need for cybersecurity in order to successfully use cloud services; and to enable organisations to focus on their transformation journey, securely and comfortably.”

Meanwhile, General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired) said, “As a cybersecurity specialist and technical agency, CyberSecurity Malaysia is strongly committed to ensure the e-Security aspects of the country and will continue to identify areas that could endanger national security and the well-being of the people. The main focus is to strengthen capacity through monitoring and providing effective response towards cyber threats and attacks to avoid major impact. With the signing of this strategic partnership, the principles and mechanisms of collaboration will enable both entities to merge and benefit from each other’s technology and expertise, thus enabling both organisations to act as commercial strategic partners locally and internationally.”

The initiative between both parties includes the sharing of global best practices, leveraging each other’s technical capabilities and is set to deliver optimal cybersecurity technology solutions to local enterprises and public sectors. TM’s role encompasses offering end-to-end comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to both Malaysia and the world. This is delivered principally through CYDEC, which is a portfolio of active cyber defense capabilities, managed security products and services, powered by TM’s Global Security Operations Center (GSOC). CYDEC is indeed paving the way for greater digital trust and cyber resilience in the digital era. These managed security services ensure access to real-time, continuous, predictive cybersecurity, quickly and without complexity, for added assurance and is well-positioned to secure and protect our nation’s strategic Critical Network & Information Infrastructure (CNII).

Another key aspect of this strategic collaboration is to explore the development of advanced security monitoring capabilities by tapping on TM ONE’s extensive cloud infrastructure. Both parties will also endeavour to advance digital forensic capabilities and enhance incident response services. This will eventually feature cyber-outreach, a capability and capacity development programme, which will help to upscale the skillset and digital intelligence potential of Malaysia’s public and private sector workforce.

This MoC also signals the continued urgency of addressing the relentless surge of cyber threats impacting both the public and business sectors as a fundamental step to enabling a sustainable, safe and successful digital society.

TM ONE CYDEC cybersecurity solution comprises four (4) key elements:

  • Managed Security Service Provider – an end-to-end security solution and management in real-time through predictive protection on private or public networks
  • Cybersecurity Subscription Service – a self-service Digital Risk Protection portal powered by a renowned global telecommunications player, Telefonica
  • Digital Identity Services – provide authority certificates and digital signatures that comply with Malaysia’s regulatory and legal systems
  • Professional Services – offers holistic security consulting and assessment services on an organisation’s cybersecurity strategy and landscape

For further information on TM ONE CYDEC cybersecurity solution, visit www.tmone.com.my/solutions/cybersecurity-services and for more info on CyberSecurity Malaysia, visit www.cybersecurity.my.

TM Strengthens its Cybersecurity Offerings Through Telefónica Tech

April 21, 2021
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Ahmad Taufek: “The accelerated business digital transformation comes with its accompanying cybersecurity risk and vulnerabilities. Organisations need to protect and safeguard their business, customer data and brand reputation from cybercriminals."
  • TM ONE furthers enhance its ability to detect and eliminate cyber threats for Enterprise and Public Sector customers thanks to the consultancy service provided by Telefónica’s digital business holding company.
  • Telefónica Tech will assist in the implementation of identified areas in TM ONE’s cybersecurity solutions strategy.
  • TM ONE Cybersecurity Defence Centre (CYDEC) paves the way for digital trust and cyber resilience in the digital economy era.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), via its enterprise and public sector business solutions arm, TM ONE recently signed Master Service Agreement (MSA) with Telefónica Tech, through Telefónica Global Solutions. The partnership aims to strengthen its digital infrastructure solutions which enables TM ONE to offer global cybersecurity solutions for the Malaysian Enterprise and Public Sector against cyber threats.

The MSA was signed by Ahmad Taufek Omar, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of TM ONE and Julio Beamonte, Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica Global Solutions.

The MSA in place will enable TM ONE to further develop and implement a global cybersecurity strategy for Malaysian market. Telefónica Tech will provide consultancy to support and build a holistic cybersecurity program for the development of TM ONE Global Cyber Security Operations Centre (G-CSOC). This includes training in cybersecurity services to increase the digital intelligence and skillset of its local workforce.

Commenting on the latest collaboration, Ahmad Taufek said, “We are excited to partner with Telefónica Tech, a renowned global telco to bring world-class solutions to our customers. As part of TM Group, we continuously strengthen our digital infrastructure to further facilitate the adoption of digital technologies, leveraging on Cloud and cybersecurity. This will enable us to offer end-to-end products and solutions that enhance digital lifestyle and provide complete business solutions. With CYDEC, TM ONE is well primed to empower and accelerate the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) agenda and provide cyber resiliency through connectivity, cloud, data centres and cybersecurity.”

TM ONE CYDEC is a fully Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) that offers real-time visibility via predictive protection across private and public networks. This is provided by G-CSOC, a 24/7 monitoring centre of cyber threats with Active Cyber Defence (ACD) and Global Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI). It is a complete suite of security services that brings multiple benefits including protection of brand and reputation, online fraud and minimize business disruptions.

Ahmad Taufek added, “The accelerated business digital transformation comes with its accompanying cybersecurity risk and vulnerabilities. Organisations need to protect and safeguard their business, customer data and brand reputation from cybercriminals. So it is essential for organizations to understand their capability and capacity to detect and respond to a cyberattack. They need to have the right tools, process and, above all the people which refers to a team of cyber-intelligence experts or security analysts ready at all times.”

Meanwhile, Julio Beamonte, Chief Executive Officer at Telefónica Global Solutions, said, “This project affirms our commitment to our customers, providing them with the best quality services anywhere in the world, thus contributing to strengthening their leadership in the markets where they operate and improving their offer to their customers.”

María Jesús Almazor, CEO of Cybersecurity and Cloud at Telefónica Tech, said: “At Telefónica Tech we have the knowledge and experience to offer the cybersecurity services needed to protect companies in this new wave of digitalization. Our global approach is a strategic advantage for these companies in their markets and a clear step forward for the telco sector as a whole”.

TM ONE CYDEC includes professional services such as consulting and advisory services to help enterprises and public sector determine their cybersecurity strategy. Adopting renowned frameworks such as MITRE Adversarial Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), CYDEC offers a complete and holistic view of an organisation’s security landscape that delivers the ability to detect, prevent, respond and recover to cyber threats effectively.

With CYDEC, organisations can effortlessly ensure that in-house IT resources can focus on the core business. By leveraging CYDEC’s pool of security professionals and comprehensive cybersecurity solutions, organisations can allocate more time and resources to their internal team, enabling sustained focus on business-critical areas, such as data security, identity monitoring and internal threat hunting across systems.

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