IDC recognizes AT&T as a next-generation leader in Asia Pacific

For the last five years, I’ve been leading a team to drive growth for our business in the Asia Pacific region. Before this, I held several other roles in business development and management in the AT&T Asia Pacific region. If there’s one thing my experience has taught me, it’s the importance of agility.

Enterprises have to be agile to compete and win in their industries today. The right solutions can help them anticipate and adapt to market changes. So they need tools that evolve to meet their needs, as well as consistent and cost-effective access to these solutions. Wherever they are in the world.

That’s why we’re creating a next-generation software-based global network. At AT&T, we’re helping businesses take full advantage of cloud solutions, managed services, enterprise mobility, and the Internet of Things.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Research and advisory firm IDC recently recognized our efforts in this space in a new study. It once again named AT&T among the leaders in its IDC MarketScape report Asia/Pacific Next-Generation Telcos: Telecom Services 2015-2016.

IDC evaluated the top 11 regional and global telecom service providers in Asia Pacific. They looked to determine which were best able to meet the telecom and ICT needs of mid- and large-sized enterprises, multinationals, and governments in the region. IDC looked at each provider’s current capabilities and strategic plans. The leaders, including AT&T, were those that had a diverse portfolio of enterprise solutions and managed services, a strong partner ecosystem, and excellent professional services.

AT&T won particular praise for service delivery and local cloud, security, and technical expertise. IDC also highlighted our strengths in three areas:

Network-enabled cloud technology: AT&T has invested heavily to create AT&T NetBond®, a patented network technology that binds the customer’s private network resources to its cloud services. This helps to ensure separation and security. And it results in cloud computing with enterprise-class performance and availability. Now available in Asia Pacific, AT&T NetBond lets global companies access cloud connectivity and networking services around the world.

Software-defined networking: AT&T is an industry pioneer of software-centric networking. We’re now virtualizing many of our core network functions. At the same time, we’re using software-defined networking to give our customers more control of their network services, such as with the Network on Demand platform. IDC called this “a potential game changer” in Asia Pacific. It praised our emphasis on standard infrastructure, building rather than buying, and uniform specifications across network, data center, and back-end systems.

IDC highlighted AT&T’s bold efforts to create a new software-centric architecture. We plan to virtualize 75 percent of our network functions by 2020 (from 5.7 percent year-end 2015). IDC also noted our active engagement with developers and the open source community, which lets customers and solutions providers innovate using our platform.

Local support and services: Good local in-country support and strong service delivery has been a consistent strength of AT&T, according to IDC. We’re increasing our presence in China and India, and working with strategic partners to enhance service provisioning and repair services. IDC also mentioned that we successfully capitalize on our strong global team of security consultants to deliver managed security services to enterprises in Asia Pacific.

Our agility means agility for businesses. It’s a constant evolution, as we strive to meet your future needs so you can meet the future needs of your customers.

View the entire IDC MarketScape Asia/Pacific Next-Generation Telcos: Telecom Services 2015-2016 reports.

SOURCE: IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Next-Generation Telcos: Telecom Services 2015 -2016 Vendor Assessment by Nikhil Batra, Dustin Kehoe, Sandra Ng, and Siow-Meng Soh, December, 2015, IDC #AP40627415

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market.  The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the circles. Vendor year-over-year growth rate relative to the given market is indicated by a plus, neutral or minus next to the vendor name.

Bernard Yee Regional President - Asia Pacific AT&T Global Service About Bernard